Caesar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient roots of the Caesar family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Caesar comes from when the family lived in Surrey. The relationship between the famed Julius Caesar and the surname are probably scarce as the name's spelling in say the 13th or 14th centuries was quite different. However, one should consider that the bearer may have assumed the name in honor of the noted Roman.

Early Origins of the Caesar family

The surname Caesar was first found in Surrey, at Croydon where the "in the registers of Croydon, Surrey, are found the names of Susanna Cæsar, daughter of John and Rebecca Cæsar, born in 1695, and of John Cæsar, vicar of the parish, who was buried in 1719. Probably the Cæsars of Surrey were originally connected with the distinguished knightly family of that name of Benington, Herts, in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Benington Cæsars, originally named Adelmar, after their ancestor the Count of Genoa, in the 9th century, subsequently adopted the name of the mother of their Italian ancestor, a daughter of the Duke de Cesarini." [1]

Of note was Sir Julius Cæsar (1558-1636), an "English judge, of Italian extraction, his grandfather being Pietro Maria Adelmare, a citizen of Treviso, near Venice, but descended from a family belonging to Fréjus, in Provence. " [2]

Important Dates for the Caesar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caesar research. Another 164 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1500, 1581, 1705, 1758, 1562, 1636, 1561, 1610, 1601, 1590, 1642, 1610, 1657, 1653 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Caesar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caesar Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Caesar has appeared include Caesar, Caeser, Sesare, Cesar, Sesar, Caesere and many more.

Early Notables of the Caesar family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Henry Caesar (1562-1636), the Dean of Ely Cathedral; Sir Thomas Caesar (1561-1610), who was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Appleby riding in...
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Caesar migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Caesar arrived in North America very early:

Caesar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jules Caesar, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813 [3]
  • Clemens Caesar, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Clara Caesar, aged 25, who settled in America from Idar, in 1893
  • Effy Caesar, aged 18, who immigrated to America, in 1896
  • Carl A. Caesar, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896
Caesar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna Caesar, aged 14, who immigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • David C. Caesar, aged 28, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Caroline A. Caesar, aged 57, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Arthur Henry Caesar, aged 59, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Beatrice Caesar, aged 7, who settled in America from Cayon, St. Kitts, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Caesar (post 1700)

  • Adolph Caesar (1933-1986), American actor
  • Shirley Ann Caesar (b. 1938), American Gospel music singer, songwriter and recording artist
  • Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar (1922-2014), Emmy award winning American comic actor and writer
  • Irving Caesar, American author and song writer
  • Julius Caesar (1830-1878), English cricketer from Surrey
  • Augustus Cassius "Gus" Caesar (b. 1966), English former football player
  • John Caesar (1764-1796), nicknamed "Black Caesar", the first Australian bushranger; born in Madagascar or the West Indies, he was tried at Maidstone, Kent for stealing 240 shillings and sent to the penal colony of New South Wales for seven years
  • Pogus Caesar, British artist, television producer and director
  • Thomas Caesar Candiotti (1957-1983), American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1999
  • Julius Caesar Ibbetson (1759-1817), British landscape and watercolour painter

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Citations

  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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