Hisey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hisey dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. 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 Hisey 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 Hisey family

The surname Hisey 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]

Early History of the Hisey family

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

Hisey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hisey have been found, including Hessey, Hessy, Hessay, Hesee, Hesey and others.

Early Notables of the Hisey family (pre 1700)

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United States Hisey migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hisey, or a variant listed above:

Hisey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Homer R. Hisey, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Lyman Curtis Hisey, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1920 from London, England [4]
  • Mackay Hisey, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Washington Maru" from Genoa, Italy [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hisey (post 1700) +

  • David Hisey, American president and CEO of Rosetta Stone
  • Christopher Hisey, American conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra, Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Joyce Hisey, Canadian judge at the 1976, 1977 and 1984 World Figure Skating Championships
  • Rob Hisey (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey player from Oakville, Ontario




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