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The name Cass is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a maker of boxes or chests. The surname Cass is derived from the Old French word casse, which means case. Thus, Cass 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.

Cass Early Origins



The surname Cass 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.

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Cass Spelling Variations


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Cass 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 Cass include Cash, Cass, Cashe and others.

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Cass Early History


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Cass Early History



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

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Cass Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cass Early Notables (pre 1700)



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 Cass 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



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:

Cass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Cass settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Joseph Cass, who arrived in New England in 1680

Cass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Cass settled in Maryland in 1718

Cass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Cass, aged 48, landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Patrick Cass, who landed in South Carolina in 1824
  • John Cass, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1834
  • H Cass, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Cass, who landed in Alabama in 1855

Cass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Cass arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Elihu Cass U.E. who settled in Canada 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
  • Mr. Joseph Pomeroy Cass U.E. who settled in Canada 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
  • Mr. Josiah Cass U.E. who settled in Canada 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
  • Mr. Josiah Cass Sr., U.E. who settled in Canada 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Cass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constitution" in 1851
  • Martin Cass, aged 43, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Mary Cass, aged 32, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"

Cass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Cass landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Antilla

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cass (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cass (post 1700)



  • Mama Cass (1941-1974), stage name of Cass Elliot, American singer and member of The Mamas & the Papas
  • Colonel Thomas Cass (1821-1862), American founder and commander of the 9th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army
  • George Washington Cass (1810-1888), American industrialist, president of the Northern Pacific Railway
  • Richard W. "Dick" Cass (b. 1946), American President of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens
  • Maurice Cass (1884-1954), American character actor, best remembered for his role as Professor Newton in the 1954 TV science fiction show Rocky Jones, Space Ranger
  • Lewis Cass (1782-1866), American statesman, 22nd United States Secretary of State (1857-1860)
  • David Cass (1937-2008), American professor of economics, best known for his work on the Ramsey-Cass-Koopmans model of economic growth
  • Jen Cass, American singer-songwriter
  • Mary Margaret “Peggy” Cass (1924-1999), American actress, comedienne, game show panelist, and announcer
  • George Rodney Cass (b. 1940), former English cricketer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Cass


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Suggested Readings for the name Cass



  • Our Southern Ancestors: Cain, Cash, Cooper, Hughes, Martin, Moore, Prince, Sanders, Sorrells, Still, Williams, Wright Families by Thelma Faye Cain Prince.

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Cass Family Crest Products


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Citations


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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

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. 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.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Cass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cass 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.

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