Housman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Housman can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person employed "at the house"; in most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Housman is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant.

Early Origins of the Housman family

The surname Housman was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Housman family

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Housman Spelling Variations

Housman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Housman have been found, including Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.

Early Notables of the Housman family (pre 1700)

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Housman migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Housmans to arrive on North American shores:

Housman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Conrade Housman, aged 26, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739 [1]
  • Martin Housman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Conrad Housman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Frederick Housman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771 [1]
Housman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John A Housman, aged 44, who arrived in Missouri in 1841 [1]
  • Peter Housman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]

Housman migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Housman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Housman, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Mr. William Housman, (b. 1841), aged 22, German dyer, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Housman (post 1700)

  • Mary C. Housman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1944, 1948 (alternate) [3]
  • Isaac R. Housman, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Richmond County, 1823 [3]
  • Emma A. Housman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920 [3]
  • Alfred Edward "AE" Housman, English poet and classical scholar, now best known for his cycle of poems "A Shropshire Lad"
  • Laurence Housman (1865-1959), English playwright

Historic Events for the Housman family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Clifford E.  Housman (1866-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mrs. Winifred  Housman (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Ernest Housman, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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