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In its ancient Gaelic form, the Irish name Casey was written O Cathasaigh, from the word "cathasach," which means watchful.
The surname Casey was first found in the counties of Fermanagh
, Mayo, Dublin
, 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.
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.
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
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
- Wm 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
Casey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Daniel Casey, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Jas Casey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Oliver Casey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Mr. William Casey U.E who settled in Adolphus Town [Adolphustown], Ontario c. 1783
Casey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Eugene Casey, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
- Dennis Casey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork
- Norry Casey, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
- Timothy Casey, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
- Mary Casey, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
Casey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Casey, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís 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
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
- 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
- A Bakers Dozen: We Were Thirteen, The Caseys of Tuscola, Taylor County, Texas by Clifford Casey.
- Casey Family History by Alvin Harold Casey.
- Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
- Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
- Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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