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Where did the English Housley family come from? What is the English Housley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Housley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Housley family history?

The name Housley is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the settlement of Housley Hall in Ecclesfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Housley were recorded, including Housely, Houseley, Hously, Housley and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from medieval times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Housley research. Another 220 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Housley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Housley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Housley family emigrate to North America:

Housley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmond Housley, who landed in Maryland in 1673

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  • Adam Housley (b. 1972), American news correspondent
  • Mary Frances Housley (1926-1951), American stewardess on National Airlines Flight 83, which crashed after landing at Philadelphia International Airport in January, 1951; she saved 10 passengers and died after returning to save an infant, later to be named "the Bravest Woman In America"
  • Phillip Francis "Phil" Housley (b. 1964), American former NHL ice hockey player
  • Norman Housley, English Professor of History and head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester
  • Mr. Clifford Housley, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


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The Housley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Housley 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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