Hossack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hossack family

The surname Hossack was first found in Oxfordshire where William Hostiler was recorded at Eynsham in 1190. A few years later, Robert, Edid le Osteler was registered in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1204, and later at Oseney in Oxfordshire in 1260. Henry Husteler was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Yorkshire in 1301. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included Godfrey le Hoselur and later, Richard le Hosteler was found in the Writs of Parliament c. 1318. [2]

Early History of the Hossack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hossack research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1674, 1738, 1501, 1694, 1614, 1715, 1790 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Hossack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hossack Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Ostler, Hostler, Hosteller, Hostiller, Hustler, Oastler, Osler, Ossler, Husler and many more.

Early Notables of the Hossack family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Ostler (died 1614), an actor in English Renaissance theatre, a member of the King's Men, the company of William Shakespeare. John Hustler (1715-1790), was a philanthropist, a native of Bradford, Yorkshire, where his family had been resident and engaged in the wool trade since the early years of the seventeenth century. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, and...
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United States Hossack migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hossack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Garden Milne Hossack, who landed in Colorado in 1895 [3]

New Zealand Hossack migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hossack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Agnes Hossack, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [4]
  • Mr. Simon Hossack, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [4]
  • Mr. Donald Hossack, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nourmahal" arriving in Dunedin, Otaga, South Island, New Zealand on 5th May 1858 [4]
  • Mr. James Hossack, (b. 1822), aged 35, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Roehampton" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [5]
  • Mr. Simon Hossack, (b. 1838), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Regina" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1859 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hossack (post 1700) +

  • Michael Joseph Hossack (1946-2012), American drummer for the band The Doobie Brothers
  • John Hossack (1806-1891), Scottish-born, American abolitionist; his home, the John Hossack House, was a "station" on the Underground Railroad, he was tried and convicted for violating the Fugitive Slave Law in 1860
  • Anthony Henry Hossack (1867-1925), English footballer who made two appearances for England in the 1890s
  • Darren Hossack (b. 1970), Australian multiple-championship winning race car driver
  • Allison Hossack (b. 1965), Canadian actress from Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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