The English surname is derived from the Anglo-Norman French cas(s)e ‘case’, ‘container’ (from Latin capsa), hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of boxes or chests. The first recording of the surname Case or a variant, is one Clais Casemaker is recorded in London in 1367. 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.
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