The distinguished surname Cassaro can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily
, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily
itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Cassaro was derived from the given name "Cesare," and originally derived from the famous Roman family name "Caesar." In Classical times, the name "Caesar" was associated by folk etymology with the Latin Caesaries (head of hair).
Early Origins of the Cassaro family
The surname Cassaro was first found in the year 1278, where Nicol Cesareo was listed in the Sicilian city of Messina. Nicol Cesari, was a priest in Rome during the 14th century and worked closely with Pope Martino V. Later, Giulio Cesarini was a listed as a lawyer in Rome around 1400.
Early History of the Cassaro family
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Cassaro Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Cassaro include Cesari, Cesare, Cesaro, Cesar, De Cesare, Cesaris, De Cesaris, Di Cesare, Cesarelli, Cesaretti, Cesarini, Cesarino, Cesarìn, Cesarotti, Cesaroni, Cesarone, Cesarano, Cesarato, Cesaratto, Cesariano, Cesareni and many more.
Early Notables of the Cassaro family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Giuliano Cesarini was an ecclesiastic in Rome in 1470; Julian Cesarini the Elder (1398-1444), was an Italian cardinal from Rome; his son, Julian Cesarini the Younger (1466-1510) was an Italian Roman Catholic cardinal; Alessandro Cesarini (died 1542), was an Italian cardinal... Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cassaro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cassaro family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Cassaro arrived in North America very early: Angelo Cassar, aged 23, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Crandi, Malta, in 1920; Assunta Cassar, aged 33, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Palermo, Italy, in 1917.
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