Housement History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The founding heritage of the Housement family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Housement comes from when one of the family worked as a person employed "at the house." In most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Housement is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant. 
Early Origins of the Housement family
The surname Housement was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Howsman was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. A few years earlier John Houseman was found in Colchester, Essex in 1365. 
"This surname, early found in Yorkshire, crossed the border and settled in the neighbourhood of Lancaster. A well-known vicar of Lancaster bore this name at the beginning of the century. Two hundred years earlier the name occurs in local Wills." 
Early History of the Housement family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Housement research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1714, 1604, 1622, 1630, 1636, 1696, 1636, 1759 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Housement History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Housement Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Housement has been spelled many different ways, including Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.
Early Notables of the Housement family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Housement family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Housements to arrive in North America: 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.