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In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Casey was written O Cathasaigh, from the word "cathasach," which means watchful.

Casey Early Origins



The surname Casey was first found in the counties of Fermanagh, Mayo, Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Roscommon. In early times, there were six unrelated septs of O Cathasaigh; the two most important were the erenagh (church steward) families of Devenish in the county of Fermanagh and the Lords of the Suaithni, in the present-day barony of Balrothery West, in County Dublin. The name has since become widely scattered. Although it remains common in County Dublin, it is now most prevalent in the southwest of Munster, with a smaller but still sizable population in north Connacht. This corresponds with the locations of the other four septs, which were found at Liscannon near Bruff in the County Limerick; near Mitchelstown in County Cork; in Clondara in County Roscommon; and in Tirawley in County Mayo, where two Casey septs were located. The Caseys of Mayo and Roscommon, like those in Fermanagh, were also notable as erenaghs. Archaeological remains indicate that Caseys were also once found near Waterford. Furthermore, a sept of MacCasey was once located at Oriel and was common in County Monaghan. However, this sept is nearly extinct today. Due to the widespread dropping of Irish prefixes under British rule and their often-erroneous resumption in the 20th century, many MacCaseys are incorrectly thought to be O'Caseys.

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Casey Spelling Variations


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Casey Spelling Variations



Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Casey are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include Casey, MacCasey, O'Casey and others.

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Casey Early History


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Casey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casey research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1381, 1787, 1862, 1846 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Casey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Casey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Casey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of Casey or one of its variants:

Casey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Casey, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Ann Casey, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Casey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Casey, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Elizabeth Casey who arrived in Maryland in 1725
  • Con Casey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • Edward Casey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Casey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Casey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • George Casey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Alexander Casey, aged 45, arrived in Tennessee in 1812
  • Henry Casey, aged 26, landed in Louisiana in 1813
  • Mr. Casey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Casey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Casey, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Casey, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Casey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Casey, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Casey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Casey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eugene Casey, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Dennis Casey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Norry Casey, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Timothy Casey, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Mary Casey, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Casey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Casey, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Casey, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Ellen Casey, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Henry Casey, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • John Casey, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Casey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Casey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Cornelius Casey arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • John Casey, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873
  • Martin Casey, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Maurice Casey, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Casey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Casey (post 1700)



  • Kellogg Casey (1877-1938), American winner of a gold and a sliver Olympic medal for shooting at the 1908 games
  • Ron Casey (1952-2014), American politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (2004-2012)
  • Kenneth Casey (1899-1965), American composer, publisher, author and child actor
  • Dan Casey (1862-1943), American baseball player
  • Conor Casey (b. 1981), American soccer player
  • George William Casey Jr., (b. 1948), American four-star general, United States Army
  • Major-General Hugh John Casey (1898-1981), American Division Engineer, Ohio River Division (1949)
  • Alvin W. Casey (1936-2006), American guitarist mainly noted for his work as a session musician with The Wrecking Crew
  • Robert Patrick "Bob" Casey (1932-2000), American politician and 42nd Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995
  • John Casey (b. 1939), American novelist and translator and winner of the National Book Award in 1989
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Casey Historic Events


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Casey Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John Joseph  Casey (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Martin Casey, English 2nd Class Cabin Bed Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Casey, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Casey, English Fireman from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Patrick Casey, (James O'Mealie), English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Thomas Casey (d. 1912), aged 28, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Casey


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Suggested Readings for the name Casey



  • A Bakers Dozen: We Were Thirteen, The Caseys of Tuscola, Taylor County, Texas by Clifford Casey.
  • Casey Family History by Alvin Harold Casey.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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