Casserly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Casserly family, who lived in Yorkshire. The family was originally from Chastelai, Normandy, and the name Casserly is derived from this place-name.

Early Origins of the Casserly family

The surname Casserly was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Casserly family

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Casserly Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Casserly, Casserley, Casserlay, Castlelaw, Casserlaw, Casterline, Chastelyn, Casteldein and many more.

Early Notables of the Casserly family (pre 1700)

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United States Casserly migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Casserly or a variant listed above:

Casserly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Casserly who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • E Casserly, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
Casserly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes Casserly, aged 26, who arrived in America from Elphin, Ireland, in 1900
  • Gertrude W Casserly, aged 33, who arrived in America from London, in 1904
  • Bernard Casserly, aged 23, who arrived in America from Newtownfortes, Ireland, in 1906
  • Annie Casserly, aged 30, who arrived in America from Ballaghadejern, Ireland, in 1907
  • Julia Casserly, aged 20, who arrived in America from Milltown, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Casserly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Casserly Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Michael Joseph Casserly, aged 35, who arrived in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, in 1918

New Zealand Casserly migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Casserly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ellen Casserly, (b. 1857), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Wild Deer" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1875 [2]
  • Mr. John Casserly, (b. 1857), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [2]
  • Miss Mary Casserly, (b. 1866), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Casserly, (b. 1864), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Nelson, North Island, New Zealand in 1883 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Casserly (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Casserly (1820-1883), Irish born, American Senator from California (1869-1873)
  • Charlie Casserly, American NFL football analyst for CBS Sports

The Casserly 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: Malo mori quam fodari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook
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