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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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

  • Humphrey Cassell who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Humphry Cassell, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • John Cassell, who arrived in Maryland in 1652

Cassell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Cassell, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • Hubbert Cassell who settled in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Henry Cassell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Cassell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Cassell, who landed in New York, NY in 1816

Cassell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Cassell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Cassell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Gabriel Cassell, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


  • Ollan Conn Cassell (b. 1937), American gold and silver medalist sprinter, inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Albert Irvin Cassell (1895-1969), African American architect in Washington D.C., who designed buildings for Howard University, Morgan State University and Virginia Union University
  • Paul George Cassell (b. 1959), former United States federal judge
  • Samuel James "Sam" Cassell (b. 1969), retired American professional NBA basketball player, current assistant coach for the Washington Wizards
  • Albert Irvin Cassell (1895-1969), prominent mid-twentieth-century African American architect
  • Alan Cassell (b. 1932), English-born, Australian actor
  • John Cassell (1817-1865), English publisher, founder of Cassell & Co, a British book publishing house in 1848
  • Karl Gustav Cassell (1866-1945), Swedish economist


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.


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  6. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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The Cassell Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

This page was last modified on 21 March 2015 at 14:22.

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