The ancient name of MacCash finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of boxes or chests. The surname MacCash is derived from the Old French word casse,
which means case.
Thus, MacCash is a metonymic
type of occupational
surname; it is derived from the principal object associated with the occupation
, which in this case was the product produced.
Early Origins of the MacCash family
The surname MacCash was first found in Cambridgeshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the MacCash family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacCash research.Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1665, 1661 and 1718 are included under the topic Early MacCash History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacCash Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the MacCash family name include Cash, Cass, Cashe and others.
Early Notables of the MacCash family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Cass, carpenter to the Royal Ordnance; in 1665, the family moved to Grove Street, in South Hackney to escape the plague; and... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacCash Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacCash family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the MacCash surname or a spelling variation of the name include : William Cash who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1667; married and had William and John and five daughters; John Cass settled in Virginia in 1639; Mary settled in Maryland in 1718.