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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Cassen family name to the British Isles. Cassen comes from de Cassagne, the name of the House of the Lords of Montagu, who were a family of distinction from the province of Bearne, France.

Cassen Early Origins



The surname Cassen 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.

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Cassen Spelling Variations


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Cassen Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Cassan, Cassane, Casson and others.

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Cassen Early History


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Cassen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cassen research. Another 192 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cassen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cassen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cassen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cassen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cassen In Ireland


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Cassen In Ireland



Some of the Cassen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Cassen or a variant listed above:

Cassen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Cassen, who arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1607
  • William Cassen, who settled in Jamestown, VA in 1607
  • Thomas Cassen, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • John Cassen, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

Cassen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michel Cassen, who arrived in New York in 1830
  • Mr. Cassen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mrs. Cassen, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • P Cassen, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. 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).
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Cassen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cassen 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 25 July 2015 at 10:17.

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