Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Caissant is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Caissant family
The surname Caissant was first found in Languedoc.
Early History of the Caissant family
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Caissant Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Caissant is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Caisse, Cais, Caise, Caisez, Caissant, Caix and others.
Early Notables of the Caissant 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 Caissant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caissant family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Caissant 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 Caissant 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.
The Caissant 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.