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Where did the English Hallisey family come from? What is the English Hallisey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hallisey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hallisey family history?

The name Hallisey has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the county of Devon in an area that was near the hazel-trees. Hallisey is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hallisey have been found, including Halsey, Hallsey and others.

First found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hallisey research. Another 163 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1920, 1839, 1927 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Hallisey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 211 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hallisey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hallisey, or a variant listed above: Thomas Halsey of Geddesden Park settled in Long Island in 1640; John Halsey settled in Boston Mass in 1635 with his brother Richard; George Halsey settled in New England in 1630.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nescit vox missa reverti
Motto Translation: When a word is once spoken it cannot be recalled.

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The Hallisey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hallisey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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