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The many generations and branches of the Cash family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a maker of boxes or chests. The surname Cash is derived from the Old French word casse, which means case. Thus, Cash is a metonymic type of occupational surname; it is derived from the principal object associated with the occupation, which in this case was the product produced.

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The surname Cash was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cash were recorded, including Cash, Cass, Cashe and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cash research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1665, 1661 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Cash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Thomas Cass, carpenter to the Royal Ordnance; in 1665, the family moved to Grove Street, in South Hackney to escape the plague; and...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cash family emigrate to North America:

Cash Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Cash who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1667, married and had William and John and five daughters
  • Richard Cash, who landed in Maryland in 1676
  • John Cash settled in Maryland in 1684

Cash Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Cash, aged 24, landed in Key West, Fla in 1843
  • Martin Cash, who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • W Cash, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • Henry Cash, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Cash Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Josiah Cash U.E. who settled in Midland District [Frontenac & Lennox and Addington], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Cash Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Cash, aged 26, a tilemaker, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mr. Patrick Cash, aged 22 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Syria" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 18)

Cash Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Cash arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851
  • George Cash arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851
  • Mary Cash arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851
  • Caherine Cash, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

Cash Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Newman Cash arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hastings" in 1856
  • Arthur Cash arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Emma Cash arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Frederick Cash arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • Martin Cash, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
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  • Johnny Cash (1932-2003), born J. R. Cash, American country and rock music singer and songwriter, inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Gospel Music Halls of Fame
  • William H. H. Cash, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Juneau County, 1902
  • William D. Cash, American politician, Mayor of Key West, Florida, 1871-72
  • Wilbur J. Cash (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State Senate 26th District, 1941-53
  • W. L. Cash, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1948
  • Vincent P. Cash, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 25th District, 1910
  • Truman B. Cash, American Democrat politician, Maryland Democratic State Chair, 1945
  • Stephen Johnny Cash, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1974
  • Tom Cash, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Pemiscot County, 1964
  • Robert J. Cash, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 8th District, 1994
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Cash Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Harwood Cash (1864-1914), English First Class Passenger from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Mary Kate Cash (1862-1914), English First Class Passenger from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Master William  Cash (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Catherine  Cash (1878-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Catherine Frances  Cash (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward John Patrick  Cash (1902-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Frank  Cash (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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  • Cash and Buffington: Being the Family of Reuben Cash (son of Howard) and His Wife, Elizabeth Buffington by Ben LeGrande Cash.
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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 18)

Other References

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. 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, 1968. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. 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.
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