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The name Casper only became a surname in the late Middle ages. It comes from the personal name Kaspar, which was especially popular in central Europe up to the 18th century. It is thought to derive from the Persian "kaehbaed," or "khazana-dar," which mean "treasure bearer." The name is said to have belonged to one of the three Magi, whose supposed remains were taken from Constantinople to Cologne in the 12th century.

Casper Early Origins



The surname Casper was first found in various parts of the Holy Roman Empire. An early recorded instance of the surname is of a Johann Caspar recorded as being a vicar in Schaffhausen, in 1441. Schaffhausen was a city-state, until joining the Swiss Confederation in 1501. Families of Caspersen were found in Holstein; Caspers, Kespers in Bavaria and the Rhineland; and Kaspareck in the Slavic East.

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Casper Spelling Variations


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Casper Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Casper, Caspers, Kasper, Kaspar, Kespers and others.

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Casper Early History


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Casper Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casper research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1571, 1699, 1724, and 1772 are included under the topic Early Casper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Casper Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Casper Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Casper 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Casper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christie Casper, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Valantine Casper, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Valentin Casper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Johann Michael Casper, who arrived in Carolina in 1752
  • Conrath Casper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Casper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Casper, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • George Casper who emigrated to Ohio in 1809
  • Nicolas Casper, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Danz Casper, who landed in Galveston Tex in 1845
  • A Casper, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Casper (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Casper (post 1700)




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Suggested Readings for the name Casper


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Suggested Readings for the name Casper



  • The American Ancestry of Harriet Matilda Casper Marchant by Barbara S. Stoutner.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    11. ...

    The Casper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Casper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 February 2015 at 10:49.

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