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Value: This is a surname of uncertain origin. In our opinion it is most probably French, and a derivation of the Langedoc surname 'Carcasse', meaning a person from the town of Carcasson. The fact that 'Carcasse' is or rather was, specifically from Langedoc is significant, because it was from this region in Southern France that many of the 17th and 18th century protestant Huguenot refugees made their way to other parts of the continent, and to the British Isles. We believe that this is the case with this surname recorded in England as Carcas, Carcass, Carkass, Carckas and several other forms as well. However it is also possible that the surname is locational from a village such as 'Carhouse' in Lincoln, the present spelling being a dialectal transposition of a type common in the pre 19th century when less than one in twenty of the population could even write their name. 'Carhouse' means the house on a small hill, from the olde English pre 7th century 'caer hus'. The last but very faint possibility is that the name is occupational, and described a meat porter, or similar, one who moved carcases. The latter is a French word, not used in England before the 14th century. Examples of the surname recordings taken from church registers include John Carckas, christened at St Olaves church, Hart Street, London, on April 30th 1671, and Mary Carcass, at St Stephen Walbrook, London, on September 16th 1704. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Carcas, which was dated March 14th 1667, christened at St Olaves Church, Hart Street, London, during the reign of King Charles 11, known as 'The merry monarch', 1660 - 1685. 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.


Aunt Louise lived only half on Earth,
Unable quite to leave her prior home,
Nestled in a dream, perhaps by birth,
Though loved--ah, loved!--ultimately alone.
Let her be a lesson in delight:
Of cats and restaurants and small routines,
Undaunted by the nearness of the night,
Improvising much with meager means.
She was for us an enigmatic face,
Eloquent of innocence and grace.

- Genealogical tree of family - Trungu gjenealogjik i një familjeje të familjes - شجرة النسب العائلية - Родословно дърво на семейството - Családfa családi - Genealogical cây của gia đình - Árbore Xenealoxía da familia - Stamboom van de familie - Γενεαλογικό δέντρο της οικογένειας - Genealogical træ i familien - אילן יוחסין של המשפחה - Pohon silsilah keluarga - Árbol genealógico de la familia - L'albero genealogico della famiglia - Arbre genealògic de la família - 族譜樹的家庭 - 가족의 가계도 - Ģenealoģiskie koku ģimenes - Genealoginiai medį šeimos - Ġenealoġiċi siġra tal-familja - Stammbaum der Familie - Genealogiske treet av familien - Drzewo genealogiczne rodziny - Árvore genealógica da família - Arbore genealogic al familiei - Генеалогическое древо семьи - Генеалошко стабло породице - Genealogické strom rodiny - Genealoško drevo družine - Puno ng angkan ng pamilya - เกี่ยวกับวงศ์วานต้นไม้ของครอบครัว - Aile soyağacı - Генеалогічне древо семьи - Genealogical puu perhe - Arbre généalogique de la famille - परिवार की वंशावली - Genealoško stablo obitelji - Genealogický strom rodiny - Genealogical träd i familjen - Genealogical tree pere - 家族の家系ツリー -
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