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Where did the English Casselman family come from? What is the English Casselman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Casselman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Casselman family history?

The Casselman name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Casselman was originally a name given to someone who worked as a person who worked in a castle. The original bearer of the surname may have held the post of governor or constable of the castle. The surname Casselman is derived from the Old Norman French word castel, which means castle. The suffix man denotes a servant.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Casselman are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Casselman include: Castleman, Casselman, Cassman, Cassellman and others.

First found in Dorset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casselman research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casselman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Casselman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Casselman or a variant listed above:

Casselman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • K Casselman, who landed in New York in 1715-1716

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  • Frederick Clayton Casselman (1885-1941), Canadian soldier, barrister, teacher, as well as a municipal and federal level politician
  • Arza Clair Casselman (1891-1958), Canadian lawyer and political figure
  • Cora Taylor Casselman (1888-1964), Canadian federal politician
  • William Gordon Casselman (b. 1942), Canadian writer and broadcaster
  • Michael S. Casselman (b. 1968), retired Canadian professional ice hockey left wing
  • Arthur Allen Casselman, Canadian politician
  • Orren D. Casselman (b. 1862), Canadian merchant and politician in Ontario
  • William H. Casselman (1868-1941), Canadian farmer and politician in Ontario


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The Casselman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Casselman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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