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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.
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 
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 
Floyd A. Housley, American politician, Mayor of Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1950-56 
Conrad Housley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 
Arthur E. Housley, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950 
Norman Housley, English Professor of History and head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester
^ 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)