The surname Kissane is an Anglicization of the Irish "O Ciosain," and has often been changed into the more English sounding Cashman where it is typically found in County Cork
. However the Kissane spelling is still used in County Kerry
, probably due to its distance from English settlements and influence. The root word "cios" roughly translates as "tribute" or "rent."
Early Origins of the Guissane family
The surname Guissane was first found in Counties Kerry and Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster.
Early History of the Guissane family
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Guissane Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kissane, O'Kissane, Cashman, Guissane and others.
Early Notables of the Guissane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guissane family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Cashman, who landed in New York in 1804; Bridget Cashman, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1833; Johanna Cashman, who also settled in Nova Scotia but in 1834.
The Guissane 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: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful nothing is impossible