Cassin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Cassin was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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.

Early Origins of the Cassin family

The surname Cassin 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.

Important Dates for the Cassin family

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Cassin Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Cassan, Cassane, Casson and others.

Early Notables of the Cassin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cassin family to Ireland

Some of the Cassin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cassin migration to the United States

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Cassin name or one of its variants:

Cassin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Cassin, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]
Cassin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conly Cassin, who was naturalized in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1813
  • Conly Cassin, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • James Cassin, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827 [1]
  • James Cassin, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1827
  • Mary Cassin, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1829 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cassin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cassin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Pierce Cassin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • John Cassin, who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1842
  • Mr. John Cassin, aged who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sobraron" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [2]

Cassin 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:

Cassin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Cassin, (b. 1800), aged 49, Irish settler, born in Ireland arriving as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Cassin née Byrnes, (b. 1817), aged 32, British settler, born in Canterbury travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Miss Clarissa (Clara) Cassin, (b. 1837), aged 12, British settler, born in India travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Miss Emma Cassin, (b. 1841), aged 8, British settler, born in India travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • Mr. William Henry Cassin, (b. 1845), aged 4, British settler, born in Drypool arriving as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Cassin (post 1700)

  • John Cassin (1813-1869), American ornithologist
  • Stephen Cassin (1783-1857), American United States Navy officer, awarded a gold medal for bravery by the U.S. Congress
  • Michael Cassin, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 16th District, 1857-58 [4]
  • John J. Cassin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rensselaer County 3rd District, 1892-94 [4]
  • Isaac S. Cassin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1864 [4]
  • Edward Cassin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1920 [4]
  • Barry Cassin (1924-2017), Irish television, stage and screen actor
  • Riccardo Cassin (1909-2009), Italian mountaineer, developer of mountaineering equipment and author
  • René Cassin (1887-1976), French jurist and statesman
  • Thomas Cassin Kinkaid (1888-1972), American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II, eponym of the USS Kinkaid (DD-965), a Spruance-class destroyer

Historic Events for the Cassin family

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Gregory Mark Cassin (1942-1979), New Zealander First Officer, from Auckland, New Zealand working aboard the Air New Zealand sightseeing Flight 901 when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [5]

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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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 18)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
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