Horsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Horsey family
The surname Horsey was first found in Northumberland at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire and another parish, so named in Derbyshire. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept".  The parishes in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book.  At one time the family held a manor in Long Horsley. "The manor was at an early period the property of the Merlays; after them the Greystocks held it; and the Horsleys possessed lands here from an early period, till their heiress married into the family of Widdrington." 
Important Dates for the Horsey family
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Horsey Spelling Variations
Although the name, Horsey, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.
Early Notables of the Horsey family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Horsey (died 1546), knight of Henry VIII and Lord of the Manor of Clifton Maubank; Sir John Horsley who was knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547. Later he was made Captain of Banborough Castle...
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Migration of the Horsey family to Ireland
Some of the Horsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horsey migration to the United States
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Horsey family name Horsey, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Horsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abagain Horsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661 
- Mary Horsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661 
- John Horsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661 
- Samuel Horsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 
- Sarah Horsey, who landed in Maryland in 1661 
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Horsey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas and Mary Horsey, who settled in Boston in 1766
Contemporary Notables of the name Horsey (post 1700)
- Henry Ridgely Horsey (1924-2016), American jurist, Member of the Delaware Supreme Court (1978-1994)
- Michael J. Horsey (b. 1949), American politician, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- David Horsey (b. 1951), American two-time winner (1999 and 2003) of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
- David Horsey (b. 1985), English professional golfer
- Spencer Horsey de Horsey (1790-1860), born Spencer Horsey Kilderbee, British Tory politician
- Elmer Horsey Wingate (1928-2016), American football player for the Baltimore Colts (1953)
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)