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The ancestry of the name Housman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Housman is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant.

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The surname Housman was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Housman has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Housman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Housmans to arrive on North American shores:

Housman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrade Housman, aged 26, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Martin Housman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Conrad Housman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Frederick Housman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771

Housman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John A Housman, aged 44, arrived in Missouri in 1841
  • Peter Housman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Housman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Housman, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
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  • Mary C. Housman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1944, 1948 (alternate)
  • Isaac R. Housman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1823
  • Emma A. Housman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920
  • Alfred Edward "AE" Housman, English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems "A Shropshire Lad"
  • Laurence Housman (1865-1959), English playwright
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Housman Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Clifford E.  Housman (1866-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Winifred  Housman (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ernest Housman, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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