Houser History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Houser is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Houser is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house. In some cases, the name Houser may be af form of the surname Howes.
Early Origins of the Houser family
The surname Houser was first found in Berkshire, where the family held a family seat from ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Houser family
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Houser Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Houser include House, Howse, Howes, Hoose, Hows, Houser, Hooser and others.
Early Notables of the Houser family (pre 1700)
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Houser migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Houser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Houser, who landed in New York in 1709 
- Niclaus Houser, aged 11, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 
- Christian Houser, aged 50, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 
- Felix Houser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 
- Hans Jacob Houser, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 
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Houser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Houser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 
Contemporary Notables of the name Houser (post 1700) +
- George M. Houser (1916-2015), American Methodist minister, civil rights activist
- Ralph Houser (1914-2001), American officer in the United States Marine Corps awarded the Navy Cross for his actions against enemy Japanese forces in 1944
- Bud Houser (1901-1994), American three-time Olympic gold medalist track and field athlete
- Harold Houser (1897-1981), United States Navy Rear admiral, 35th Governor of American Samoa (1945-1947)
- Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser (b. 1975), American country music singer-songwriter
- Vice Admiral William D. Houser (b. 1921), United States Navy officer and telecommunications executive
- Michael Houser (1962-2002), American musician, founding member and lead guitarist of the band Widespread Panic
- Kevin Houser (b. 1977), American NFL football long snapper who played from 2000 to 2010
- John Wesley Houser Jr. (b. 1935), American NFL football offensive lineman who played from 1957 to 1963
- John Sherrill Houser (b. 1935), American sculptor and painter; assistant sculptor to Gutzon Borglum in the carving of Mount Rushmore
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Suggested Readings for the name Houser +
- 1525 "Descendants of John house, 1709-1763" by Elmer A. Houser, "The Houser Family: Directory Listing, Memorable Dates, and Genealogical Data: The Family of Charles Franklin Houser and Fannie Jane Murphey" by E.A. Houser Jr.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)