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About the study
In 2016 I started publishing a blog, Our Casbon Journey, which is essentially an ongoing one-name study of my surname as well as the closely related variants, Casban and Casben. The name arose in Cambridgeshire. It is probably related to the names Casburn and Casbolt, as well as their variants. However, other than geographical proximity, I have not been able to establish familial links with these names. I have also conducted a historical mapping study showing distribution of the name and similar surnames (over 100 variants or deviants) in the U.K. using birth and baptism records from 1560–1825.
The Casban and Casben variants arose in the mid to late 19th century in the U.K. They share common ancestry with the more common Casbon spelling.
My research has focused on those families with origins in the U.K. These families are now widely distributed, predominantly in the U.S., U.K., and Australia. In the United States there is an unrelated Casbon family of apparently French or possibly Creole origins, located mainly in Louisiana, and dating back to the early 19th century. Other than acknowledge the existence of this family, I have not done any genealogical studies or attempted to trace its origins.