Show ContentsHousley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Housley family

The surname Housley was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from medieval times.

Early History of the Housley family

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Housley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Housley family (pre 1700)

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Housley Ranking

In the United States, the name Housley is the 7,607th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Housley migration to the United States +

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 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Housley (post 1700) +

  • Phillip Francis "Phil" Housley (b. 1964), American former NHL ice hockey player
  • 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"
  • Adam Housley (b. 1972), American news correspondent
  • Lucinda Housley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 2008 [3]
  • Floyd A. Housley, American politician, Mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1950-56 [3]
  • Conrad Housley, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [3]
  • Arthur E. Housley, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950 [3]
  • Norman Housley, English Professor of History and head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Clifford Housley, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [4]

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  4. HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook