Show ContentsCarass History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Carass first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in a house which was situated by a marsh. Carass is a topographic surname, which is a type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. However, Carass may also be a habitation surname derived from a pre-existing name for a town, village, parish, or farmstead. In this case, the eponymous settlement is Carhouse, in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Carass family

The surname Carass was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Carass family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carass research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, 1547, 1553, 1555, 1572, 1582, 1601, 1619, 1709 and 1808 are included under the topic Early Carass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carass Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Carass has appeared include Carus, Cariss, Carass, Cariss, Carass, Karhouses, Carrehuis, Carehuis, Carous, Charus and many more.

Early Notables of the Carass family

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United States Carass migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Carass arrived in North America very early:

Carass Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sofia Carass, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Duca Degli Abruzzi" from Napoli, Italy [1]

Australia Carass migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Carass, (b. 1820), aged 24, English butcher who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]


  1. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from https://heritage.statueofliberty.org/passenger-result
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa


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