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Origins Available: German, Scottish


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The surname Housen was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Housen research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1600, 1567, 1711, 1787, 1557, 1632, 1619 and 1628 are included under the topic Early Housen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Housen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Housen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Caper Holtz Housen, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

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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.

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  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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The Housen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Housen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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