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Where did the English Hussey family come from? 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 name Hussey reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hussey family 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.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hussey family name 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.


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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.

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Another 217 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hussey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hussey family to immigrate North America:

Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Stephen Hussey and his wife Theodate, who settled in Boston in 1632
  • Christopher Hussey, who settled in Boston in 1632
  • Christopher Hussey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
  • David Hussey, who landed in Virginia in 1648
  • David Hussey, who came to Virginia in 1648


Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Hussey, a bonded passenger, who came to Annapolis, Maryland in 1725
  • Benjamin Hussey, who came to Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Martha Hussey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742
  • Robert Hussey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1742
  • Catherine Hussey, who arrived in Maryland in 1769

Hussey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hussey, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Maunee Hussey, aged 35, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Oliver, Anthony, Christopher, James, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Hussey, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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  • Ruth Carol Hussey (1911-2005), American actress best known for her Oscar-nominated role as photographer Liz Imbrie in "The Philadelphia Story" with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart
  • Erastus Hussey (1800-1889), American abolitionist, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, one of the founders of the Republican Party
  • Francis Valentine Joseph "Frank" Hussey (1905-1974), American gold medalist in 4x100 m relay at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Matt Hussey (b. 1979), American professional ice hockey center
  • Olivia Hussey (b. 1951), Argentinian-born, English actress who at the age of 15 won the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscar equivalent) for her performance as Juliet, in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
  • Dyneley Hussey (1893-1972), English war poet, journalist, art critic and music critic
  • Joan Mervyn Hussey Ph.D. (1907-2006), British Byzantine scholar and historian
  • Marmaduke James Hussey (1923-2006), Baron Hussey of North Bradley, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC from 1986 to 1996
  • Phillip Hussey (1713-1783), Irish portrait painter
  • Reverend Thomas Hussey (1741-1803), Irish Bishop of Waterford and Lismore

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