Housel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The present generation of the Housel family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the settlement of Housley Hall in Ecclesfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Housel family
The surname Housel was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from medieval times.
Early History of the Housel family
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Housel Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Housel include Housely, Houseley, Hously, Housley and others.
Early Notables of the Housel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Housel family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Housel were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Joseph Hously, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1732; Joachim Housely to Philadelphia in 1739; and Joseph Howsley to Philadelphia in 1858.
Contemporary Notables of the name Housel (post 1700) +
- Rebecca Housel, American author and editor
- Lorenzo W. "L.W." Housel (1873-1935), American politician, Connecticut state legislator
- William E. Housel, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1910-14, 1922-27 
- L. W. Housel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916 
- J. K. Housel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1944 
- George W. Housel, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1908-10 
Historic Events for the Housel family +
- Mr. John James Housel, American Storekeeper First Class from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking 
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