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Origins Available: German, Scottish
From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Cassell family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. The surname Cassell is a local name, which belongs to the large category of hereditary surnames. There are many different types of local names. Topographic surnames could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. In this case, the surname Cassell is topographical. The name Cassell was first recorded in England in Lincolnshire.
The surname Cassell was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Cassell, Cassel, Cassells, Cassill, Cassills and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cassell research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the year 1439 is included under the topic Early Cassell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cassell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Cassell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Cassell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Cassell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cassell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cassell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Cassell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Avise la fin
Motto Translation: Consider the end.
The Cassell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cassell 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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