The name Housay reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Housay 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 Housay family
The surname Housay 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Housay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Housay research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1265, 1332, 1295, 1585, 1648, 1640, 1641, 1640, 1641, 1597, 1657, 1645, 1656, 1626, 1664, 1656, 1664, 1642, 1691 and 1294 are included under the topic Early Housay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Housay Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Housay family name include Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
Early Notables of the Housay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Hussey (1265-1332), sheriff of Surrey
, 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... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Housay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Housay family to Ireland
Some of the Housay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Housay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Housay family to immigrate North America: Stephen Hussey and his wife Theodate, who settled in Boston in 1632; Christopher Hussey, who settled in Boston in 1632; David Hussey, who came to Virginia in 1648.