Cassidy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Cassidy is O Caiside.

Early Origins of the Cassidy family

The surname Cassidy was first found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where the Irish sept claims direct descent from the Irish King Colla da Crioch who was banished from Ireland in 327.

Important Dates for the Cassidy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cassidy research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1143, 1143 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Cassidy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cassidy Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Cassidy revealed many variations, including Cassidy, Cassady, Cassiday, Cassedy, Cassedey and others.

Early Notables of the Cassidy family (pre 1700)

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Cassidy migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Cassidy or a variant listed above, including:

Cassidy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pat Cassidy, aged 17, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Patt Cassidy, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Chris Cassidy, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Francis Cassidy, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811 [1]
  • Elizabeth Cassidy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cassidy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cassidy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cassidy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1805
  • James Cassidy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1809
  • Margaret Cassidy, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Hugh Cassidy, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Jane Cassidy, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cassidy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cassidy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Cassidy, Canadian convict from Montreal, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Samuel Cassidy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [3]
  • Elizabeth Cassidy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • Mary Jane Cassidy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846 [4]
  • Mary Cassidy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cassidy 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:

Cassidy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cassidy, who landed in Hokianga, New Zealand in 1837
  • James Cassidy, aged 20, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Catherine Cassidy, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Miss Bridget Cassidy, (b. 1810), aged 58, British shopkeeper travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [6]
  • Mary Cassidy, aged 50, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lauderdale" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cassidy (post 1700)

  • John Joseph Edward "Jack" Cassidy (1927-1976), American Tony Award winning, two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated actor of stage, film and screen, known for The Eiger Sanction (1975), Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol (1962) and The Hollywood Squares (1965)
  • David Cassidy (1950-2017), American Primetime Emmy Award nominated musician, actor best known for his role in the "Partridge Family," son of Jack Cassidy [7]
  • John Cassidy (b. 1967), American magician [8]
  • Katherine Evelyn "Katie" Cassidy (b. 1986), American two-time Teen Choice Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Arrow (2012), Taken (2008) and Click (2006), daughter of David Cassidy
  • James Edwin Cassidy (1869-1951), American Roman Catholic bishop in Massachusetts
  • Eva Cassidy (1963-1996), American singer
  • Commander, USN Christopher J. Cassidy (b. 1970), NASA Astronaut with over 376 hours in space [9]
  • Joanna Cassidy (b. 1945), American actress [10]
  • Butch Cassidy (1866-1908), born Robert Leroy Parker, notorious train and bank robber of the Wild West, leader of the Wild Bunch Gang
  • Damian Cassidy (b. 1965), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Cassidy family

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Bernard Cassidy, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABBERTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Abberton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ David Cassidy. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) David Cassidy. Retrieved from http://www.davidcassidy.com
  8. ^ John Cassidy. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Cassidy. Retrieved from http://www.johncassidy.com
  9. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Christopher Cassidy. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/cassidy-cj.html
  10. ^ Joanna Cassidy. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Joanna Cassidy. Retrieved from http://www.joannacassidy.com
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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