Hishon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hishon surname is an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOisín or "descendant of Oisín," a personal name derived from the word "os," meaning "deer." Others suggest that the name came from Oisín, a poet and warrior of the fianna in Irish mythology.

Early Origins of the Hishon family

The surname Hishon was first found in Connacht, where the name has long been found. The name Ó hOisín occurred in all the Irish provinces save Ulster in 11th and 12th century Annals. Hugh O'Hession was the first Archbishop of Tuam, Co. Galway (1152-1161).The family is primarily associated with North and East Galway and South Mayo. Some Anglicized their name to Usher, thus confusing it with the more common Ushers of Norman descent. The Hishon form of this name was found in County Tipperary.[1]

Early History of the Hishon family

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Hishon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Hession, Hession, Hussian, Hishon, O Hoisin and many more.

Early Notables of the Hishon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Ussher, a constable of Dublin castle in 1307, but who died later in England. Henry Ussher (c. 1550-1613) was an Irish Protestant churchman, a founder of Trinity College, Dublin. Reverend James Ussher (1581-1656) was the Archbishop of Armagh, a churchman and a scholar. He is best known for his Ussher chronology, a chronology of the history of the world formulated from a literal reading of the...
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Migration of the Hishon family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Patrick Hishon, who came to Toronto in 1844; Michael Hession, who died enroute to Quebec, Canada, in 1847; Patrick Hession, who settled in New York in 1850.

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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