Ousley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Ousley surname is thought to have been a habitational name, from a now lost place name in Southern England, perhaps from the name of the river name Ouse and the Old English "le-ah," meaning a "wood."

Early Origins of the Ousley family

The surname Ousley was first found in Salop (Shropshire) where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1300 when they held in that shire.

Important Dates for the Ousley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ousley research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1570, 1624, and 1640 are included under the topic Early Ousley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ousley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ousely, Ouseley, Owsley, Owseley, Oosely, Osly, Osley, Oursley, Housley and many more.

Early Notables of the Ousley family (pre 1700)

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Ousley migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ousley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Ousley, who settled in the West Indies in 1656
Ousley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F W Ousley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Benjamin F. Ousley, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [2]
Ousley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emily Jane Ousley, aged 36, originally from Harbors, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Nicola Ousley, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Niagara" from Bordeaux, France [4]
  • Norman Ousley, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "S. M. Spalding" from Tampico, Mexico [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ousley (post 1700)

  • Harold Lomax Ousley (1929-2015), American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist, known for his work with Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie
  • Ross Ousley (b. 1937), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1956 to 1958
  • Monty Ousley Weddell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 104th District, 1996, 1998, 2000 [6]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6TR-VTY : 6 December 2014), Benjamin F. Ousley, 08 Jul 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXN4-1Y7 : 6 December 2014), Emily Jane Ousley, 03 May 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WR-2JF : 6 December 2014), Nicola Ousley, 21 Aug 1919; citing departure port Bordeaux, arrival port New York, ship name Niagara, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN4X-Y2N : 6 December 2014), Norman Ousley, 28 Jul 1924; citing departure port Tampico, Mexico, arrival port New York, ship name S. M. Spalding, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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