of Britain first developed the name Househam. It was a name given to someone who was a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Househam is derived from the Old English word hus,
which means house,
and the word man,
which means servant.
Early Origins of the Househam family
The surname Househam was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Househam family
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Househam Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Househam have been found, including Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.
Early Notables of the Househam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Househam family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Househam, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: William Houseman, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; John Houseman to Virginia in 1699; William Howsman to Nova Scotia in 1749; Henry Houseman to Carolina in 1774.