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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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"

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.

Anna Case Kinsey
Nice to know!!! :)

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

Dave case
My family is from Newfoundland Canada

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.

Sarah case
I am a case from Australia!

kate case
i diddnt know there were more cases!

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

Kathleen Todora
Hello Major - Yes! This history is the route our Case family has taken - could you share more about your own family tree? Thank you so much. Katie

Hey Kate...the Case family in Jamaica seems to have English/Scottish/Irish connections... The Case name on the island goes back to the late 1600s/early 1700s shortly after the British captured Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655 (Penn and Venables had failed to capture Hispaniola from the Spanish and instead of facing Oliver Cromwell empty handed, they took the easy picking of Jamaica) A good site to do research is or They owned property including slaves. It is a known fact in Jamaica that all Cases are related... all those that I have met do show some family resemblance including the nose, eyes and forehead.. no matter the hue in skin colour. This is espcially true if you go back 2 - 3 generations... Interesting about the Ibeeian link...I think I did come across that...maybe even a Jewish connection

Kathleen Todora
Thank you! we do look forward to hearing from you regarding your ancestors and their journey - how shall we begin? We do know our roots seem to go back to Holland and further back to the Iberian Penninsula - with a connection to the Gormezano family.... Our Case family came to NY/NJ/PA and our men married Dutch women i.e. Wycoff, Deats/Geitsworth Cox, etc...long time ago - because seven generations later my grandmother was white, but still considered dark complected, we felt there was a connection somewhere to the islands, Jamaica, Curacao, Bahamas, Bermuda, etc. my granddaughter was married in Ocho Rios on June 14 - their choice of a destination wedding - Look forward to hearing from you! Katie

Jeannette Case Schlicher

I recently purchased one of those DNA tests, and my results show an Iberian Peninsula connection, too, which was a surprise. I descend from one of four brothers who initially settled on Long Island, NY, in the 1700s, who supposedly came from Holland, but their names are definitely NOT Dutch. So, I suspect they merely took ship there, and originally came from England, or thereabouts.

Major Marlon Case, JP
I am a Case from Jamaica

Matthew Blackwood
My grandmother was Margaret Case....sister of Aubrey and Llyod Case.

Tamara Summer nee Case
Interesting - thought this needed a comment from someone with a name other than James!

james eric case

Susan Elizabeth Case

I am a Case from Canada. Parents Douglas Henry Case and Florence Elizabeth Brodie. Grandparents Lancelot Case and Mona Maud Wood

james case
we are still pissed about unruly taxation :-)

Scott Alford Case

Any cases from Long Island NY. Looking for info on my grandfather Case Email:

Jeannette Case Schlicher

My own Case lineage derives from one of four brothers who originally settled on Long Island in the 1700s. The legend is that they arrived from Holland, but their names are definitely NOT Dutch, so I'm guessing probably just took ship from there, and were originally from England, Scotland, or thereabouts.