Caslake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Caslake surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a stream in which a substantial quantity of the edible plant cress or watercress grew. The surname Caslake is derived from the Old English words cærse, which means cress, and lacu, which means stream. [1] The surname Caslake belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees.

Early Origins of the Caslake family

The surname Caslake was first found in Devon at Kerslake, a hamlet near Tiverton. "Burgesses of that town bore this name in the reign of James I., and Abraham Kerslake was a Tiverton churchwarden in the time of Charles II." [2]

The "C" and "K" prefix for the name has always been interchangeable, as the first record of the family was actually found in Somerset. The Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1279 listed Ranulph de Carselak. [3]

Early History of the Caslake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caslake research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1295, 1586, 1677, 1821 and 1881 are included under the topic Early Caslake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Caslake Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Caslake include Karslake, Carslake, Kerslake, Carselak, Karslack and others.

Early Notables of the Caslake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Caslake family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Kerslake, who sailed to Barbados in 1684. Thomas Carslake journeyed to Boston in 1716 and John Kerslake sailed to Philadelphia in 1868.

Contemporary Notables of the name Caslake (post 1700) +

  • Mike Caslake, British sound engineer, known for his work on Parallel Lines (2014), Needles (2010), and Tis the Season... (2010)
  • Muriel J. Caslake, Scottish researcher at the Institute of Biochemistry, Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, known for her studies in coronary heart disease

HMS Cornwall
  • Jack Nelson Caslake (d. 1942), British Telegraphist aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]

The Caslake 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: Ad finem fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to the end.

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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