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When the ancestors of the Hession family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066, they brought their name with them. It is a name for a door keeper to a king. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word l'ussier, meaning the door keeper. This job held considerable status, as it entailed knowing the rank and status of all those who would enter the King's chambers.

Hession Early Origins



The surname Hession was first found in Durham where it is said they were descended from Richard de Neuville, the Admiral of Duke William's fleet, who was granted lands originally in Westmorland. His third son was entrusted with the defense of Bridgnorth in 1102.

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Hession Spelling Variations


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Hession Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Usher, Ussher and others.

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Hession Early History


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Hession Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hession research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1550, 1613, 1581, 1656, 1625 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Hession History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hession Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hession Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Ussher ( c. 1550-1613), a founder of Trinity College, Dublin and Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh; and James Ussher (Usher) (1581-1656), Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hession Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hession In Ireland


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Hession In Ireland



Some of the Hession family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hession or a variant listed above:

Hession Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Simon Hession, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Hession Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Hession, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hession (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hession (post 1700)



  • Patrick Edward John Hession, American big band trumpeter
  • Dennis P. Hession (b. 1950), American attorney, mayor of Spokane, Washington
  • Paul Hession (b. 1983), Irish track and field sprinter
  • James Hession, Irish politician, member of the 14th Dáil (1951-1954) from County Galway
  • Roy Hession (1908-1992), British evangelist and author

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Hession Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hession Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 23 July 2013 at 13:43.

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