Halsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Halsey come from when the family resided in the county of Devon in an area that was near the hazel-trees. Halsey is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.
Early Origins of the Halsey family
The surname Halsey was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Halsey family
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Halsey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Halsey has been recorded under many different variations, including Halsey, Hallsey and others.
Early Notables of the Halsey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Frederick Halsey, 1st Baronet PC (1839-1927), an English politician; and John Halsey (died 1708) was a colonial American privateer and a later pirate who was active in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans during the early 18th century. According to Forbes, he was the eighth highest earning pirate...
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In the United States, the name Halsey is the 4,420th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
| Halsey migration to the United States ||+|
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Halsey or a variant listed above:
Halsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Halsey, who settled in New England in 1630
- John Halsey, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 with his brother Richard
- Mr. John Halsey, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" arriving in Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire) in 1635 
- Mr. Richard Halsey, aged 13, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurnace" 
- Thomas Halsey of Geddesden Park settled in Long Island in 1640
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Halsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Baldwin Halsey, who settled in South Carolina in 1822
- David Halsey, who arrived in New York in 1845 
| Halsey migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Halsey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph Halsey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
| Halsey migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Halsey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Halsey, (b. 1843), aged 31, English settler from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 
- Mrs. Charlotte Halsey, (b. 1843), aged 31, English settler from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 
- Mr. William Halsey, (b. 1870), aged 4, English settler from Middlesex travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Halsey (post 1700) ||+|
- Sherman Halsey (1957-2013), American music video and television director, producer, and artist manager
- William Halsey (1770-1843), American politician, first mayor of Newark, New Jersey
- John Halsey (b. 1708), colonial American privateer
- Major-General Milton Baldridge Halsey (1894-1990), American Deputy Commanding General 6th Army (1951-1953) 
- Brett Halsey (b. 1933), American television and film actor (nephew of Admiral Halsey)
- Fleet Admiral William Frederick "Bull" Halsey Jr. (1882-1959), US Naval officer, commander of the South Pacific Area at the beginning Pacific War, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during WW1, eponym of the USS Halsey (DDG-97) 
- Edward D. Halsey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1888 
- Edmund R. Halsey, American politician, Independent Candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1931 
- Don P. Halsey, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 20th District, 1908-11; Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1920 
- David Halsey, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County, 1840 
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nescit vox missa reverti
Motto Translation: When a word is once spoken it cannot be recalled.
|Suggested Readings for the name Halsey ||+|
- One Branch of the Halsey Family by Richard J. Halsey.
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- Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 5) Milton Halsey. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Halsey/Milton_Baldridge/USA.html
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