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

The name House comes from one of the family having worked as a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname House is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house. In some cases, the name House may be af form of the surname Howes.


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 House have been found, including: House, Howse, Howes, Hoose, Hows, Houser, Hooser and others.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our House research. Another 282 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1718 is included under the topic Early House History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early House Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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. Among the first immigrants of the name House, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

House Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel House, who arrived in New England in 1633
  • John House, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1644
  • Edw House, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Jane House, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Wm House, who arrived in Virginia in 1652

House Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James House, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Johannes House, who landed in New York in 1721
  • John Peter House, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

House Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius House, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • George House, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Robert House, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • W house, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Christian House, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860


  • John Ford House (1827-1904), American lawyer and politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee
  • Edward Mandell House (1858-1938), American diplomat, a close advisor of President Wilson
  • Howard Payne House (b. 1908), American Physician, ear surgeon, considered to be the father of modern otology
  • Henry Franklin House (1930-2005), American Major League Baseball player
  • Major-General Edwin Jacob House (1895-1969), American Commanding General US Army Air Forces Tactical Center, Florida (1944-1945)
  • William John House (1879-1912), English soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross for deeds during the Boer War
  • Mr. William House (d. 1912), aged 38, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • David House Ph.D.,, Swedish Professor of acoustic and phonetic analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology
  • Arthur Maxwell House OC (1926-2013), Canadian neurologist, and politician, Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador (1997-2002)
  • The Venerable Francis House (1908-2004), British Church of England Minster, known for his work in rescuing persecuted Christians and Jews from Hitler's Europe



  • House-Brown and Related Families: The Lineages of Charles Staver House (1908- ) and Virginia Brown (1911- ) Who Were Married August 5, 1938 by Charles Staver House.
  • The House Family Tree and Some of It's [sic] Branches by Ardis Phillips Rasperger.

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The House Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The House 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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