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

The present generation of the Causey family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the Pays de Caux (Seine-Infèrieure) in Normandy. However, the surname Causey may have also been applied to someone who lived near a causeway, which was a raised roadway crossing wet or low-lying ground. In the latter case, the surname Causey is derived from the Old English word cauce, meaning causeway. Causey is a classic example of an English polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Causey include Causey, Causley, Cause, Causy and others.

First found in Sussex 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 Causey research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Causey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Causey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Causey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nathaniel Causey, who arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • Thomas Causey, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Nathanial Causey who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife
  • Mrs. Causey, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John Causey, who landed in Virginia in 1635


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  • James Wayne Causey (1936-1955), American Major League Baseball infielder for the Baltimore Orioles (1955 to 1957)
  • Peter Foster Causey (1801-1871), American merchant and politician, Governor of Delaware (1855 to 1859)
  • John William Causey (1841-1908), American lawyer and farmer from Delaware, Democratic United States Representative from Delaware
  • Jeff Causey (b. 1971), retired American soccer goalkeeper
  • Professor Gilbert Causey,


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The Causey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Causey 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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