Casse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Casse comes from the region of Gascogne in southwest France. It was a name for someone who lived in Gascoigne.

John de Caleto or Caux (d. 1263), Treasurer of England, was "probably a native of the Pays de Caux. By Matthew Paris he is called John of Caen (Johannes de Cadamo), and other writers give his cognomen in the various forms De Calceto, De Cauz, De Cauaz, De Caus, and De Chauce. The Peterborough chronicler, Walter of Whittlesea, who wrote in the fourteenth century, states that he was born in Normandy, of a noble family, being related to Eleanor of Provence, the queen of Henry III, and entered the monastic life when a child seven years of age. Coming over to England at an early age, he became a monk of the monastery of St. Swithhun, Winchester, of which he was chosen prior in 1247." [1]

Early Origins of the Casse family

The surname Casse was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family held a family seat in ancient times.

Antoine Casse, born in 1639, son of Noel and Michelle of St.Pierre, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Piloy De Pitie, born in 1639, daughter of François and Claudine, at Château-Richer on 14th October 1665. They remained together in Quebec until Antoine's death on 1st June 1709. Piloy passed away on 28th February 1713. [2]

Early History of the Casse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casse research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1741, 1810, 1765, 1793, 1820, 1646, 1715, 1672, 1673, 1800, 1719, 1792, 1576, 1630 and 1576 are included under the topic Early Casse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Casse Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Casse some of which are Casse, Cassé, Cassée, Casset, Casser, Cassez, Casson, Cassonne, Casault, Casot, Caseau, Caseaux, Casseau, Casseaux, Cassaud, Cazeau, Cazeaux, Cazot, Cazotte, Cazault, Cazaud, Caze, Cazes, Lecasse, Lacasse, Lecassé, Lacassé, Lacassée, Lecasset, Lacasset, Lacaze, Lecasson, Lacasonne, Lecasault, Lacazeau, Ducasse, Ducassé, Ducasset, Ducasson, Ducasault, de Casson, de Cassonne, de Caze, de Cazes, Descaseaux, Deschaseaux and many more.

Early Notables of the Casse family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Baptiste du Casse (1646-1715), a French buccaneer and admiral; Dollier de Casson, a prominent Quebec missionary, explorer, architect, engineer and writer, among whose works was "Histoire de Montréal" (1672-1673), the first local history of the Montreal area, and a very true picture...
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Casse Ranking

In France, the name Casse is the 2,349th most popular surname with an estimated 2,752 people with that name. [3]


United States Casse migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Casse surname were

Casse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • W. Casse, who arrived in Bermuda in 1635 at the age of 19
  • William Casse, who settled in Bermuda in 1635
  • William Casse, who settled in Somers Islands in 1635
  • Richard Casse who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Tho Casse, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]
Casse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Germain Casse, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [4]
Casse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan Casse, who arrived in New Orleans in 1822 at the age of 30
  • Jean Casse, who arrived in New Orleans in 1823 at the age of 28
  • W Casse, who arrived in America in 1846 [4]

Canada Casse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Casse Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Cassé, who was registered at Château-Richer, Quebec on October 14, 1665
  • Antoine Casse, son of Noel and Madeleine, who married Françoise Piloy, daughter of François and Claude, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 14th October 1665 [5]
  • Joseph Cassé, who was registered in Ste-Famille on June 27, 1691
  • Joseph Casse, son of Antoine and Françoise, who married Marie-Françoise Bazin, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 27th June 1691 [5]
Casse Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Cassé was registered in Beaumont, Quebec in 1703
  • Charles Casse, son of Antoine and Françoise, who married Françoise Paquet, daughter of Isaac and Élisabeth, in Beaumont, Quebec on 12th September 1703 [5]
  • Jean Casse, a navigator, was registered in Quebec in 1707
  • Jean Casse, son of Guillaume and Anne, who married Marie-Louise Gautier, daughter of Mathurin and Anne, in Quebec on 7th February 1707 [5]
  • Antoine Cassé was registered at Beaumont, Quebec in July of 1718
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West Indies Casse migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Casse Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Casse, aged 19, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Mr. William Casse, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Casse (post 1700) +

  • Mark E. Casse (b. 1961), American race horse trainer, known for his work with young horses and sprinters in Canada
  • Michel Cassé (b. 1943), French astrophysicist, writer and poet
  • Mattia Casse (b. 1990), Italian World Cup alpine ski racer who specializes in the speed events (Downhill and Super-G) and has competed in two World Championships
  • Alessandro Casse (1946-2021), Italian ski racer, father of World Cup alpine ski racer Mattia Casse
  • Vincent Casse (b. 1994), Belgian male acrobatic gymnast


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)


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