CAUSER/CAUSIER/CAWSER/CORSAR/CORSAIR/CORSER ONE NAME STUDY
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VARIANT SPELLINGS

                        

The six basic spellings used in the title for this One Name Study are the most commonly found around the World. Spellings based  on Causer and Corser occur most frequently in England, Australia and the USA, while in Scotland the basic forms Corsar and Corsair are also common. In addition to the associated variants based on Corveser, a variant based on Causier and sometimes interchangeable with Causer appears in the West Midland area of England. This spelling is similar to instances in Samuel Bartlett Gerrish Corser's book1, based on the French derivation.

Many of the variant spellings in Britain, found in the IGI and parish registers, occur in the period before wide-spread, if not universal, literacy was the norm. In cases where an illiterate candidate for baptism, marriage or burial appeared in church, it would fall to the clergyman, vicar or minister to decide on the spelling used in the record. Up to the 18th century spelling generally was not standardized, and the problem of how to spell the name offered would be made more difficult when it was pronounced with a strong regional accent. In Staffordshire, in the Midlands of England where my branch originates, the name was and is pronounced "caw-zer"; a softer sibilant can give rise to different spellings, as can the emphasis placed on either the first or second syllable. Scotland produces many variants, possibly because "lallans", or Lowland Scots, in its written form shows many spelling differences to English. The Scots seem to have been particularly inventive in spelling the names.

In the 19th century, when censuses started to be taken, another potential source of error was introduced. The census enumerator who  interviewed  the householders might  have to contend with unfamiliar accents and unfamiliar surnames. One hundred years later, when  the  census comes to be transcribed  the transcriber has to cope with handwriting  much different to that used today, and further errors  are  introduced. The Guild of One Name Studies calls mis-spellings of this type, and those outlined in the preceding paragraph, deviant  spellings, as opposed to variant spellings. It can be at times  problematical to tell if  a particular example is truly a variant or a deviant  spelling, or  a transcription error, particularly if it is a common occurrence. I have identified  some 14 common transcription error  spellings (not included below). Mis-transcriptions  often found include the  "U" in Causer being transcribed as an "N", and "R" can become  an "N",  "S" a "V" or even "X", and "C" an "O" or a "V", while a "V" can become a "W"!  

The IGI contains some instances of  variants of the names in Europe - in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Estonia and Finland. Here the spellings often include a final "E" and mirror the spellings shown by SBGC in his book, on the early derivation of  the name Corser.

The name can be broken into three elements, each of which can give rise to variant or deviant spellings. The first, the "caw" sound, can be spelled CAR, CAU, CAW, CO, COAR, COR, COU, COUR, COW etc. The middle sibilant can be S, SS, SZ, Z or ZS, or SH in the case of Causier, and the  final "er" sound can be any of the vowels, singly or in combination, with or without a final W, R or E. Then you can always start the name with a K ....



Surnames sounding like CORSER

       Caarser    
       Caesor
       Carriser
       Carsa 
       Carsar
       Carsare
       Carsau
       Carsauw
       Carsaw
       Carser
       Carsor
       Carsour
       Carsur
       Casser
       Caucer
       Caueser
       Caughsor
       Caurser
       Causa
       Causar
       Causaw
       Causear
       Causer
       Causere
       Causir
       Causoer
       Causor
       Causorr
       Caussa
       Causse
       Causser
       Caussor
       Causur         
       Causwer
       Causzar
       Causzer
       Cauza
       Cauzar
       Cauzer
       Cauzsar
       Caweser
       Cawsar
       Cawser
       Cawsers
       Cawsor
       Cawsore
       Cawsser
       Cawssor
       Cawysar
       Cawzar
       Cawzer
       Coarsar
       Coarser
       Coarsor
       Coesaer
       Coezer
       Cooser
       Corcer
       Coriser        
       Corsa       
       Corsaar 
       Corsair               
       Corsaire
       Corsar
       Corsare
       Corsarr
       Corsau
       Corsaur
       Corsaw
       Corsawe
       Corsawr
       Corseer
       Corseir
       Corser
       Corsers
       Corseter
       Corseur
       Corsir
       Corsor
       Corsour
       Corssar
       Corsser
       Corssere
       Corssor
       Corssour
       Corsur     
      Coruyser        
       Coryusor        
       Corza
       Corzar
       Corzer
       Corzor
       Coser
       Courcer
       Coureser
       Coursa
       Coursair
       Coursar
       Coursir
       Courser
       Coursor
       Coursour
       Cousar
       Cousaar 
       Cousair
       Couser
       Coussa
       Cousser
       Couzer
       Cowrser
       Cowsar
       Cowser
       Cowzer  
       Cursa 
       Curser
       Cursew
       Cursir
       Cursor
       Cursur      
       Curzer
       Cusser  
       Karser
       Kausar
       Kauser
       Kausir
       Kausser
       Kauzer
       Kawser
       Koersa
       Koeser
       Koezer
       Kooser
       Koozer
       Korsa
       Korsair
       Korsar
       Korser
       Korsoer
       Korsor
       Korzer
       Kousar
       Kouser
       Koussa
       Kowser
       Kuiser
       Kuizer
       Kursar
       Kuyser


Surnames sounding like CAUSIER

     Caossier 
     Carsier
     Carsuer
     Carzier
     Caseir
     Casiar
     Casier
     Cassier
     Cassier
     Cauisier
     Causear
     Causeur 
                                                            
      Causher
      Caushier
      Caushir
      Caushure              Causia      
      Causiear     
      Causier
      Causiere
      Causior    
      Caussier
      Cauzier
      Cauziere
      
  Cawsher
  Cawshier  
  Cawshur          Cawsier  
  Cawsyar     
  Cawzier
  Coasier
  Coosher  
  Coosier  
  Corseair
  Corseour
  Corsher
  Corsier
  Corsiur                                  
    Corzier         Cosher
    Coshier    
    Cosiar 
    Cosier
    Cosiere
    Cosiers     
    Cosior
    Cossier
    Cosyer
    Courcier
    Courciere   
   Coursia
   Coursier        Coursiere
   Coursyer
   Cousier
   Coussier
   Cowsher
   Cowsier
   Cozier
   Coziers
   Cursier      
   Cusier      
 Kosier       Kuyzier
 Kosieres     


Surnames sounding like CORVESER

      Cauveser
      Cawesar
      Cawysar
      Corvaiser
      Corvaisier    
      Corvazier 
       Corveiser  
       Corver    
       Corverser
       Corversor
       Corvesar
       Corveser
      
       Corvesir
       Corvesor
       Corvesour
       Corvesser
       Corvester
       Corveyser      
       
       Corvezer  
       Corviser
       Corvisier      
       Corvisor      
       Corvissor
       Corvosa
      Corvoser
      Corvoysar    
      Corvser
      Corvyser
      Courvoesier
     

                        

I'm always interested to hear of other spellings from new sources.

Sources:

1.  Samuel Bartlett Gerrish Corser, Genealogy of the Corser Family in America Embracing Many of the Descendants of the Early Settlers of the Name in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with some Reminiscences of their Trans-Atlantic Cousins, Printed by  I.C. Evans co., Concord, N.H., 1902.

Further Reading:

There is an excellent wide-ranging discourse on how and why name spellings have changed on the Surname Studies web site. 

For an article on the way deviant spellings and transcription errors occur see "From Your Ancestor’s Mouth to Your Computer" 
 http://www.rootdig.com/adn/ancestors_mouth.html


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CAUSER/CAUSIER/CAWSER/CORSAR/CORSAIR/CORSER ONE NAME STUDY  -  VARIANT SPELLINGS
This page updated  8 March 2016