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Casterline History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Casterline is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Casterline family lived in Yorkshire. The family was originally from Chastelai, Normandy, and the name Casterline is derived from this place-name.

Early Origins of the Casterline family

The surname Casterline 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 Casterline family

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Casterline 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 Casserly, Casserley, Casserlay, Castlelaw, Casserlaw, Casterline, Chastelyn, Casteldein and many more.

Early Notables of the Casterline family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Casterline family to the New World and Oceana

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 Casterline or a variant listed above: Patrick Casserly who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850; as did John Casserley.

Contemporary Notables of the name Casterline (post 1700)

  • Amy Eakins Casterline, American actress, known for her work on Boys of Summerville (2008), Hope (2010) and Black & White (2011)
  • Joseph Casterline, American actor and writer, known his work on for Second Chance (2010), Boys of Summerville (2008) and Blood and Honor (2000)

The Casterline 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.

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