Last name: Case

This interesting and unusual surname has two possible origins, the first of which is from the early medieval English metonymic occupational surname for a maker of boxes, chests or other wooden receptacles. The name from this source derives from the Anglo-Norman French word "case, casse", case, container, from the Latin "capsa", a derivative of the verb "capere", to hold, contain. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. The first recording of the surname below, is from this source, and one Clais Casemaker is recorded in London in 1367. The second possible origin for the name is from a variant form of "Cass", a medieval female given name which was a short or pet, form of "Cassandra". This was the name of the Trojan prophetess of classical legends, doomed to foretell the future but never be believed; her story was very popular in medieval England. The marriage of John Case and Helene Gwharton was recorded at St. Stephen's, Coleman Street, London, on August 12th 1545. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Case, which was dated 1274, in the "Hundred Rolls of Suffolk", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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brandy case
I was wondering what orgin the last name Case came from?

kate case
i diddnt know there were more cases!

Sarah case
I am a case from Australia!

Marlon Case
Hey Kathleen, I would be glad to do so, funny...just today I have looking at the National Geographic Genographic Project It costs US$200 to participate. I was thinking about it.

Dave case
My family is from Newfoundland Canada

Keith Case
So freaking crazy that I decided to look this up today. August 12th of all days. It must be destiny.

Anna Case Kinsey
Nice to know!!! :)

Krista (Case) Young
Very interesting stuff. I live in the U.S. and was thinking about taking a trip to the old country sometime soon, hopefully.

Jonathan Case

I'm in Kentucky U.S.A.... I was told my grandfathers grandfather made his way to Kentucky from Germany, not a usual German name but I heard it was originally from the old Roman or Greek first name "Caius".. Or "Gaius"

Bella Lewis (2nd gen case)
I'm from Wales, U.K and I'm quite proad to say, a lot of places I go, people know of my grandfather, Harry D Case

Darrell Lee Case
There are a few Case's here in Manchester UK, but I believe we may all be from the one family

Lisa Case
Lots of Cases in Western North Carolina.

Amy Case
I'll definitely have to do some digging up of the family tree...... :) Here in Massachusetts!!!
Hi. My name is Donald George Case, Salmon Cove, Newfounfland, Canada. It surprises me that the Case name is so widely spread. Are we all related in some way?

Samuel John Case
Add in another Case clan here in East Tennessee! W are all spread out here. My Grandfather William Luther Case was from Jefferson City, TN.

Eric case
I live in Brookhaven Mississippi. There's a lot of cases there. Glad to know where more are. Very interesting.

I am descended from Cases from Merseyside (near Liverpool, Lancashire, England.)

Jacqueline case
I'm from NC and I have literally not seen any other cases besides my grandpa, my dad, and I! So cool to know that there is a lot in certain areas!

Matthew Case
I'm one from GA! Grandfather was from Dana, NC. I was always told we were Welsh.

Adrienne Roche
I'm descended from Case family who were all from an area called Pill, Easton Gordano, near Bristol UK as far back as the mid 18th century but before then, who knows.

Tara Case Reckahn
Wow there are Cases all over. I'm from Manitoulin Island Canada. There are quite a few of us here. We are all related. I know we came from Scotland.

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Ronald A DeBerard
What's on your mind? How is Case related to DeBerard

Arthur Duncan Case
I'm Arthur Case from South Africa and I'm skeptical about the research quality of family origins on commercial sites like this one. One tells me I'm of Anglo Saxon stock and another that my family served the famed King Brian Baru of Ireland. Others are so bland in description that they could be true of anyone! My grandfather Arthur John Case was born on Guernsey but I have no history before that. Would love to know more.

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