Cayce is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to a person who makes boxes, chests or receptacles.
The surname Cayce is derived from the Old Norman French word casse,
which means case.
Thus, Cayce is a metonymic
type of occupational
surname; it is derived from the principal object associated with the occupation.
Early Origins of the Cayce family
The surname Cayce was first found in Norfolk
at Testerton where "for more than two centuries [the parish has been] the property of the Case family, whose mansion of Testerton House, a handsome modern residence, is beautifully situated on the estate." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Cayce family
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Cayce Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Cayce has appeared include Case, Casse and others.
Early Notables of the Cayce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cayce family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Cayce arrived in North America very early: Richard Case who settled in Virginia in 1649; with his brother Robert; Thomas Case arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685; with Joseph; Jane Case settled in Virginia in 1679.
Contemporary Notables of the name Cayce (post 1700)
- Marc Cayce (b. 1966), American film writer and director
- Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), American Christian mystic who answered questions while claiming to be in a trance, once nicknamed "The Sleeping Prophet"
The Cayce 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: Distantia jungit
Motto Translation: It joins things that were apart.