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Where did the English Housman family come from? What is the English Housman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Housman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Housman family history?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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Housman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Housman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Housman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Housman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Housman 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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