Casan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Casan is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Casan comes from de Cassagne, the name of the House of the Lords of Montagu, who were a family of distinction from the province of Bearne, France.
Early Origins of the Casan family
The surname Casan was first found in Hampshire, where a Ralph Cattessone was on record in 1115. Other early records include Robert Casseson in 1327 in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire, John Catessone, on record in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk in 1366, and William Casson in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York in 1601.
Early History of the Casan family
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Casan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Casan were recorded, including Cassan, Cassane, Casson and others.
Early Notables of the Casan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Casan family to Ireland
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Casan migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Casan arrived in North America very early:
Casan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Michael Casan, who settled in Maryland in 1774
Casan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Emanuel Casan, who settled in Florida in 1906
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The Casan 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: Prosequor alis
Motto Translation: I follow with speed.