The ancestors of the Hiser surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in the village and township of Hessay, which is in the parish of Moor Monkton in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The surname Hiser 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 Hiser family
The surname Hiser 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 Hiser family
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Hiser Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hiser include Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.
Early Notables of the Hiser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hiser family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Daniel Hessey, who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1840.