Hisee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Hisee name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It 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 Hisee 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 Hisee family

The surname Hisee 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. [1] 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." [2]

Important Dates for the Hisee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hisee research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1272, 1307, 1273 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Hisee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hisee Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hisee were recorded, including Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.

Early Notables of the Hisee family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hisee family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hisee family emigrate to North America: Daniel Hessey, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840.

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Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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