Hessey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Hessey name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village and township of Hessay, which is in the parish of Moor Monkton in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Hessey 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 Hessey family
The surname Hessey 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.  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." 
Important Dates for the Hessey family
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Hessey Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hessey has undergone many spelling variations, including Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.
Early Notables of the Hessey family (pre 1700)
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Hessey migration to the United States
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hessey were among those contributors:
Hessey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Cornelius Hessey, who arrived in New York in 1801 
- Daniel Hessey, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1840
Hessey migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Hessey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Joseph Hessey, aged 42, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
- Fanny Hessey, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
Contemporary Notables of the name Hessey (post 1700)
- Sean Hessey (b. 1978), English professional footballer
- Ruth Hessey, Australian actress and film critic
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)