Of all the French names to come from the Languedoc
of France, Caix is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Caix family
The surname Caix was first found in Languedoc.
Early History of the Caix family
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Caix Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Caix some of which are Caisse, Cais, Caise, Caisez, Caissant, Caix and others.
Early Notables of the Caix 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 Caix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Caix 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, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Caix. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Caix 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 Caix (post 1700)
- Michel Caix, doctor and universitarian who lives in Nieul, France, as of 1993
The Caix 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.