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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Cassity is O Casaide. IF)

Early Origins of the Cassity family

The surname Cassity 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. [1]

Early History of the Cassity family

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Cassity Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Cassity revealed spelling variations, including Cassidy, Cassady, Cassiday, Cassedy, Cassedey and others.

Early Notables of the Cassity family (pre 1700)

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Cassity Ranking

In the United States, the name Cassity is the 8,665th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Cassity migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Cassity family came to North America quite early:

Cassity Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Cassity, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1895
Cassity Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bridget Cassity, aged 50, who landed in America from Derry, in 1901
  • Evangeline Cassity, aged 26, who landed in America from Sidney, Australia, in 1907
  • Cornelius Cassity, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Ballygas, Ireland, in 1909
  • Richard Cassity, who landed in America, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Cassity (post 1700) +

  • Todd Cassity, American Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival Award winning producer
  • Turner Cassity (1929-2009), American poet, playwright, and short story writer
  • Maude Cassity, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1944 [3]
  • Mary Lou Cassity, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1996 [3]

The Cassity 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: Frangas non flectes
Motto Translation: Thou may'st break, but shalt not bend me.

  1. O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook