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

The name Houseman is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Houseman is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Houseman family name include Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.

First found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houseman research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1714, 1759, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Houseman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Houseman or a variant listed above:

Houseman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Houseman, who sailed to Barbados in 1635
  • Wm Houseman, aged 12, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Charles Houseman, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Charles Houseman, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • John Houseman to Virginia in 1699

Houseman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Houseman, who landed in North Carolina in 1764
  • Henry Houseman to Carolina in 1774
  • Henry Houseman, aged 35, arrived in Carolina in 1774
  • Henry Houseman, age 35, who arrived in Carolina in 1774
  • Michael Houseman, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Houseman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Houseman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Leopold Houseman, who arrived in Mississippi in 1852
  • Christian Houseman to Philadelphia in 1855
  • Charles Houseman to Philadelphia in 1859


  • John Houseman (1902-1988), born Jacques Haussmann, Academy Award winning American actor who with Orson Welles, founded the Mercury Theater, best remembered for their 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds"
  • Julius Houseman (1832-1891), American entrepreneur and politician
  • Susan Houseman Ph.D., Senior economist with the Upjohn Institute
  • Greg Houseman Ph.D., British Professor of Geodynamics and Seismology at the University of Leeds
  • Laurence Houseman, British author and playwright
  • Alexander Houseman, British corporate executive
  • Alfred Edward Houseman, British poet and scholar
  • René Houseman (b. 1953), Argentine footballer
  • Peter Houseman (1945-1977), British footballer


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