Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Caison is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Caison family
The surname Caison was first found in Languedoc.
Early History of the Caison family
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Caison Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Caison, including Caisse, Cais, Caise, Caisez, Caissant, Caix and others.
Early Notables of the Caison family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was a Caissant from Luc (near Brignoles) who was a prominent surgeon in the town. Born in 1708, his biography was written by Joseph Bonnet in 1714 with the title "The History of the Great and Veritable Cavalier Caissant." Louis-Albert Caise was a... Another 111 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caison family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Caison has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Caison were 100 settlers of the lineage who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among early immigrants was Marie Caisse, who married in 1754 in Quebec.
Contemporary Notables of the name Caison (post 1700)
- Donnie Caison, American yacht builder and founder of Caison Yachts, North Carolina
- Doug Caison, American Fire Chief for Greenville, Texas
The Caison Motto
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: virtus et fides
Motto Translation: Valour, Virtue and Faith.