The ancient roots of the Hessay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Hessay comes from when the family lived in the village and township of Hessay, which is in the parish of Moor Monkton in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Hessay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Hessay family
The surname Hessay was first found in West Yorkshire
at Hessay, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Hesdesai. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By the 12th century, the place name had evolved to Heslesaia and literally meant "marshland or island where hazels grow," from the Old English words "haesel" + "sae" + "eg." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Hessay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hessay research.Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1307, 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Hessay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hessay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Hessay has appeared include Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.
Early Notables of the Hessay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hessay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hessay arrived in North America very early: Daniel Hessey, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840.