Casey Gone Rogers

I was talking to my Uncle, and he says, that our family started out in Ireland with the family name Casey, but then our name was changed to Rogers. He said our family were in Quebec Canada before they ended up down in Louisiana. I wondered if maybe there was anything in Ireland's history that might account for the name change?

I know nothing of the Casey Heritage, where in Ireland my ancestors were. I am hoping to learn more.

Michelle Rogers

Casey Gone Rogers

Hi, Michelle. There's an excellent website that you'd find interesting. It documents the early Roger Casey/Quessy/Caissie (spelling variations) who migrated to Canada in the 1600s, with origins in France. Some of his descendants changed their name to Roger/Rogers. It goes into the family history, the changes of surname, and seems well documented. I ran into it while researching the name "Roger Casey," in which I have interest. Here's the link to the home page:

http://www.louisianacajun.com/main.asp?URL=http://www.caissy.com&id=

Here's an excerpt from this site about the derivation of the Rogers name:

"EVOLUTION OF THE PATRONYMIC ROGER(S)

Some of the descendants of Roger Caissy were victims of the deportations that began in 1755. The two male descendants that survived the wretched conditions of the deportations and reached Louisiana were Jean Caissy dit Roger, son of Alexis and Marie-Joseph LeBlanc and Joseph Caissy dit Roger son of Michel Caissy and Rosalie Comeau . The patronymic “Roger” came from the given name of Roger Caissy. Descendants of both of these men continued the name “Roger” and eventually “s” was added to the end of the name of some descendants to form the patronymic “Rogers.” It appears that the “s” was added as a result of (1) usage by the individual or more probably (2) assumptions about the spelling of the name by the recorders of the various vital records. In the case of some of the descendants of Jean Caissy dit Roger (who by the year 1770 had dropped the “Caissy dit” and used the name Jean Roger) the “s” began to appear at the end of the name toward the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries."

Hope you find this interesting and that you discover some new relatives! - Best regards, Joyce Harris