Case History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Case is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who makes boxes, chests or receptacles. The surname Case is derived from the Old Norman French word casse, which means case. Thus, Case is a metonymic type of occupational surname; it is derived from the principal object associated with the occupation. [1]

The following interesting quote was found by our researchers: "A family in Devonshire thus designated account for it by a tradition that, about two hundred years since, a foundling was laid at the door of a certain gentleman, to whom popular scandal attributed its paternity; the gentleman denied the allegation, but from motives of humanity had the infant taken care of, and, from the circumstance of its having been enclosed in a packing-case, imposed upon the poor foundling this curious appellation. The French case, from Latin casa, a mean house, cottage, or hut, is, however, a more likely etymon." [2]

Early Origins of the Case family

The surname Case was first found in Norfolk at Testerton where "for more than two centuries [the parish has been] the property of the Case family, whose mansion of Testerton House, a handsome modern residence, is beautifully situated on the estate." [3]

"There was a family of Case in Swaffham [Norfolk] 200 years ago, and the name is still in the town; the rector of Erpingham in 1628 bore this name." [4]

One sources notes that the name could have been "derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Cassandra.' And following this premise, the following entries were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Albric filius, Cassandre, Cambridgeshire; Ralph filius Cassandre, Cambridgeshire; and Cassandre (without surname), Huntingdonshire. (Bardsely)

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed both first and and last names: Johannes Case; Willelmus Casson; and Cassander Danyll. [5]

Early History of the Case family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Case research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1598, 1682, 1600, 1680, 1700 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Case History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Case Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Case include Case, Casse and others.

Early Notables of the Case family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Case (1598-1682), an English Presbyterian clergyman, Member of the Westminster Assembly, one of the strongest advocates of theocracy, and sympathizer with the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy. [6] John Case...
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United States Case migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Case were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Case Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Case who settled in Virginia in 1649 with his brother Robert
  • Richard Case, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [7]
  • Elizabeth Case, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Robs Case, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [7]
  • John Case, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Case Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Nicolas Case, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [7]
  • Peter Case, who arrived in New Jersey in 1755 [7]
  • Tunis Case, who landed in New Jersey in 1755 [7]
  • Peter Case, who arrived in New Jersey in 1775
Case Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Case, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1812 [7]
  • Anto Case, aged 36, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1822 [7]
  • John Case, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1846 [7]
  • L Case, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
  • R Case, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Case migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Case Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Nathan Case, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nathan, Case Jr., who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mrs. Elisha Case U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [8]
  • Mr. John Case U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [8]
  • Mr. Josiah Case U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Case Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William Case, who landed in Canada in 1841

Australia Case migration to Australia +

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

Case Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Case Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Case, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • Emmanuel Case, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [11]
  • Mr. Joseph Case, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 24th March 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • William Case, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [13]
  • Ezekiel Case, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Case migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Case Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss S. Case, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [15]
  • Mr. Samuel G. Case, (b. 1858), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 1st November 1878 aboard the ship "Waikato" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 18th January 1878 [16]
  • Mr. Samuel G. Case, (b. 1858), aged 20, Cornish farm labourer departing on 1st November 1878 aboard the ship "Waikato" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 18th January 1879 [17]

Contemporary Notables of the name Case (post 1700) +

  • Karl Edwin "Chip" Case (1946-2016), American Professor of Economics Emeritus at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts who co-developed Case-Shiller index model
  • Ermine Cowles "E.C." Case (1871-1953), American paleontologist
  • George Washington Case (1915-1989), American Major League Baseball left and right fielder who played from 1937 to 1947
  • Brigadier-General Rolland Webster Case (1882-1957), American Commanding Officer San Antonio Ordnance Center, Texas (1942-1944) [18]
  • Brigadier-General Homer Case (1894-1996), American Assistant Chief Ground Development Division Army Ground Forces (1945-1946) [19]
  • Stoney Jarrod Case (b. 1972), American NFL football player
  • Steve Case (b. 1958), American entrepreneur, co-founder of America Online (AOL)
  • Paul Foster Case (1884-1954), American occultist
  • Jerome Case (1819-1891), American manufacturer of threshing machines, founder of J.I. Case Corporation
  • Clifford P. Case (1904-1982), American politician, United States Senator from New Jersey (1955-1979), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1945-1953)
  • ... (Another 115 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Howard Brown Case (d. 1912), aged 49, English First Class passenger from Ascot, Berkshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [20]


The Case 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: Distantia jungit
Motto Translation: It joins things that were apart.


Suggested Readings for the name Case +

  • 772 "The Case Family, Descendants of Jonathan J. and Lucy Simmons Case, Pioneer Settlers in Ontario County, New York" by Charles Richmond Case, "The Descendants of Captain Stephen Case of Marlboro, New York" by Lynn Marshall Case.

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  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bellona
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  13. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  17. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  18. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Rolland Case. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Case/Rolland_Webster/USA.html
  19. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Homer Case. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Case/Homer/USA.html
  20. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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