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Casiano Family Crest / Casiano Coat of Arms

Casiano Family Crest / Casiano Coat of Arms

This Spanish and Italian habitation name was derived from the word CASA meaning 'house, hut, cottage cabin'. It perhaps originally denoted the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village. The name is also spelt CASIUS, CAZIER, CASSELLA, CASINO, CASOTTI and CASSETTA. As the agricultural depression of southern Italy worsened towards the end of the 19th century, people began to escape to the New World. The exodus started in earnest in 1887 with Brazil and other parts of Latin America being the original destinations. By 1893, the economy had improved in the United States and people headed there from Italy in greater and greater numbers. In 1898 there were more Italian immigrants to the USA than from any other country. In the post war era, more than a quarter of Italians left the country for a new life. They joined a flood of immigrants to America which was averaging a million a year in the pre war years. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian surname endings are 'i' and 'o', the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form 'o' is more typical of southern Italy. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. A notable member of the name mentions Giovanni Della CASA (1503-1556) the Italian author and prelate, born near Florence. He was appointed archbishop of Benevento in 1544. He is remembered for stylish lyric verse and Il Galateo Ovvero De'Costumi (1558) a manual of etiquette.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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