Hessie is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once 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 Hessie 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 Hessie family
The surname Hessie 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 Hessie family
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Hessie Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hessie family name include Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.
Early Notables of the Hessie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hessie family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hessie surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Daniel Hessey, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840.