Hearsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Hearsey family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hearsey family lived in the place named Hercé, which is in the Mayenne region of France.
Early Origins of the Hearsey family
The surname Hearsey was first found in Nottinghamshire, where Ivo Fitz Hercie was Viscount of Nottingham before 1130. Hugue d'Hericy, the first ancestor of this name, was recorded as "Companion in Arms of the Conqueror" at the Battle of Hastings in the Battle Abbey Rolls, establishing one of the oldest and most distinguished North Country families. 
Urse d'Abetot ( fl. 1086), was Sheriff of Worcestershire and derived his name from St. Jean d'Abbetot, near Tancarville. "He appears in 'Domesday' as a tenant-in-chief in the counties of Gloucester, Worcester, Hereford, and Warwick, being also styled in it 'Urso de Wirecestre' from his office as Sheriff of Worcestershire. " 
Important Dates for the Hearsey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hearsey research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1135, 1216, 1272 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Hearsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hearsey Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hearsey were recorded, including Hercy, Herci, Hearsey, Hearse, Hersee, Hersey, Hershey, Herse, Hershee, Hershie and many more.
Early Notables of the Hearsey family (pre 1700)
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Hearsey migration to the United States
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Hearsey arrived in North America very early:
Typical Hearsey Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Hearsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Hearsey, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hearsey (post 1700)
- Henry Hearsey, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County, 1838 
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