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Where did the English Hussey family come from? What is the English Hussey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hussey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hussey family history?The ancestors of the Hussey family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Kent. Their name, however, generally derives from the name of the area of Houssaye in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy. Another equally valid but less common derivation shows that some in some cases the name finds its roots in the word hussey, which was a Old English nickname for a woman who was the head of her own household. Although this word has since become an insult, no such pejorative connotations existed until the 17th century.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hussey research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1265, 1332, 1295, 1585, 1648, 1640, 1641, 1640, 1641, 1597, 1657, 1645, 1656, 1626, 1664, 1656, 1664, 1642, 1691 and 1294 are included under the topic Early Hussey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 217 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hussey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hussey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hussey or a variant listed above:
Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hussey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hussey 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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