Housden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Housden family

The surname Housden was first found in Midlothian, where "the old Scottish mode of spelling Hugh was Hew, as especially in the family of Dalrymple. In Renfrewshire, where the surname abounds, it is pronounced Hewie's-son." [1]

According to the voice of tradition, "the family are descended from John Howison, burgess of Edinburgh, 1450. The first ancestor of the family and his son, were farmers, and rescued James I from an attack made upon him when he had strayed from his attendants, while hunting near Cramond Bridge, and having saved the king's life by beating off his assailants with their flails, held a basin and a towel to wash his wounds. For these timely services they were rewarded with a grant of the lands of Braehead, the reddendo in the charter being 'Servitium Lava-cri,' a service that was complied with to George IV, at the banquet of the magistrates of Edinburgh in 1822." [2]

Another source confirms John Howison, was burgess of Edinburgh in 1450, but makes no mention of saving the king. This source notes "his son had a charter of Cramond Regis, 1465. Nicholas Howvson, [was] presbyter of S. Andrew's diocese, 1475. John Howison admitted burgess of Aberdeen, 1406, and another John Howison was member of assize in an Aberdeen shipping case, 1451." [3]

Early History of the Housden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Housden research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1600, 1567, 1546, 1567, 1519, 1628, 1711, 1787, 1557, 1632, 1619, 1628, 1557, 1577, 1587, 1603, 1592 and 1598 are included under the topic Early Housden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Housden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Howison, Howieson, Howeson, Howyson, Howson and others.

Early Notables of the Housden family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was John Howson (c.1557-1632), English academic, Bishop of Oxford from 1619, Bishop of Durham from 1628. He was "born in the parish of St. Bride, London, about 1557, was educated at St. Paul's School, whence he proceeded to Christ Church, Oxford, and was elected a...
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United States Housden migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Housden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. A. Housden, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [4]
  • Laurence Housden, aged 2, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Paris" from Southampton, England [5]
Housden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amy L. Housden, aged 39, originally from Manchester, England, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Robert Stirling Maxwell Housden, aged 27, originally from Liverpool, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mexico" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Caroline Ethel Housden, aged 56, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Homeric" from Southampton, England [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Housden (post 1700) +

  • V. Martyn Housden, British reader in modern history at the University of Bradford
  • Sir Peter James Housden KCB (b. 1950), British public servant, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government (2010-2015)
  • Dr. Leslie George Housden OBE (1894-1963), English physician who specialized in child welfare, honorary medical advisor to the Save the Children Fund and from 1948 to 1955, and Olympian who competed in the Men's marathon at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • James Alan George Housden (1904-1994), Australian clergyman, Bishop of Rockhampton (1947-1958), Bishop of Newcastle (Australia) (1958-1972)
  • John Paul "Jak" Housden (b. 1969), Australian musician, founding guitarist for the band Badloves
  • Fred Housden OBE, English athletics coach and Royal Field Artillery soldier who was awarded the Military Cross, a 2012 inductee of the England Athletics Hall of Fame


The Housden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sursum corda
Motto Translation: Hearts upwards.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BS-K3N : 6 December 2014), Mrs. A. Housden, 12 Aug 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BS-K3V : 6 December 2014), Laurence Housden, 12 Aug 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Paris, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5S-TNB : 6 December 2014), Amy L. Housden, 09 Sep 1908; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67K-BTB : 6 December 2014), Robert Stirling Maxwell Housden, 22 May 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Mexico, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNXX-32D : 6 December 2014), Caroline Ethel Housden, 14 Jun 1923; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Homeric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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