Hosea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hosea was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Hosea family lived in Kent. Their name, however, generally derives from the name of the area of Houssaye in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy. Another equally valid but less common derivation shows that some in some cases the name finds its roots in the word hussey, which was a Old English nickname for a woman who was the head of her own household. Although this word has since become an insult, no such pejorative connotations existed until the 17th century.

Early Origins of the Hosea family

The surname Hosea was first found in Kent. Of particular interest is that two sources, a visitation of Dorset in 1623 and a manuscript in ancient French said to have been in the Abbey of Glastonbury at its dissolution, both mention Hubert Husse, a Norman noble who married Countess Helen, daughter of Richard the 5th Duke of Normandy. Both mention he accompanied William the Conqueror to England and was granted the office of High Constable together with considerable possessions for his efforts during the Conquest. [1] Little Wyrley in Staffordshire was also another ancient family seat. " Wyrley Grove is the ancient seat of the Husseys, who obtained it in marriage with the heiress of the family of Fowke: the mansion stands at the head of a fine lawn, and is a noble and picturesque specimen of ancient architecture." [2]

Important Dates for the Hosea family

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Hosea Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Hosea has been recorded under many different variations, including Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.

Early Notables of the Hosea family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Hussey (1265-1332), sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, created 1st Baron Hussey in 1295; Sir Edward Hussey, 1st Baronet (1585-1648) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England in 1640, supporter of the Royalist side in the English Civil War; Thomas Hussey (died 1641), Royalist Member...
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Migration of the Hosea family to Ireland

Some of the Hosea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Hosea migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Hoseas were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Hosea Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Hosea, who settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • William Hosea, who landed in North Carolina in 1701 [3]
  • Samll Hosea, who arrived in Virginia in 1722 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hosea (post 1700)

  • Addison Hosea, DD, an American Episcopal clergyman, bishop of Lexington, Kentucky
  • Hosea Mann Jr., American politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Wilmington, 1888
  • Hosea Townsend (1840-1909), American Republican politician, Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; Lawyer; Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1869; U.S. Representative from Colorado at-large, 1889-93; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1892; U.S. District Judge for Indian Territory, 1897-1907
  • Hosea Emiliano Gear (b. 1984), New Zealand rugby player
  • Hosea Hunt Rockwell (1840-1918), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chemung County, 1877; U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1891-93; Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896, 1900 [4]
  • Hosea Ballou II (1796-1861), American Universalist minister, the 1st President of Tufts University from 1853 to 1861
  • Hosea Ballou (1771-1852), American clergyman and theological writer, one of the fathers of American Universalism
  • Hosea T. Lockard (1920-2011), African-American Criminal Court Judge in Tennessee
  • Hosea Merrill Knowlton (b. 1847), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1876-77; Member of Massachusetts State Senate, 1878-79 [5]
  • Hosea M. Ray, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, 1961-81 [6]


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, June 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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