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Cassandra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, Italian

The name Cassandra reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on de Cassagne, the name of the House of the Lords of Montagu, who were a family of distinction from the province of Bearne, France.

Early Origins of the Cassandra family

The surname Cassandra was first found in Hampshire, where a Ralph Cattessone was on record in 1115. Other early records include Robert Casseson in 1327 in the Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire, John Catessone, on record in the Feet of Fines of Suffolk in 1366, and William Casson in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York in 1601.

Early History of the Cassandra family

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Cassandra Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Cassandra has been recorded under many different variations, including Cassan, Cassane, Casson and others.

Early Notables of the Cassandra family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cassandra family to Ireland

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Migration of the Cassandra family to the New World and Oceana

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Cassandras were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Anty and Monty Cassan, both bonded passengers, who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1849; Andrew Cassan who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850.

The Cassandra 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: Prosequor alis
Motto Translation: I follow with speed.

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