Houssay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Houssay is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Houssay family lived in Kent. Their name, however, generally derives from the name of the area of Houssaye in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy. Another equally valid but less common derivation shows that some in some cases the name finds its roots in the word hussey, which was a Old English nickname for a woman who was the head of her own household. Although this word has since become an insult, no such pejorative connotations existed until the 17th century.
Early Origins of the Houssay family
The surname Houssay was first found in Kent. Of particular interest is that two sources, a visitation of Dorset in 1623 and a manuscript in ancient French said to have been in the Abbey of Glastonbury at its dissolution, both mention Hubert Husse, a Norman noble who married Countess Helen, daughter of Richard the 5th Duke of Normandy. Both mention he accompanied William the Conqueror to England and was granted the office of High Constable together with considerable possessions for his efforts during the Conquest.  Little Wyrley in Staffordshire was also another ancient family seat. " Wyrley Grove is the ancient seat of the Husseys, who obtained it in marriage with the heiress of the family of Fowke: the mansion stands at the head of a fine lawn, and is a noble and picturesque specimen of ancient architecture." 
Important Dates for the Houssay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houssay research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1265, 1332, 1295, 1585, 1648, 1640, 1641, 1640, 1641, 1597, 1657, 1645, 1656, 1626, 1664, 1656, 1664, 1642, 1691 and 1294 are included under the topic Early Houssay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houssay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Houssay are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Houssay include Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
Early Notables of the Houssay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Hussey (1265-1332), sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, created 1st Baron Hussey in 1295; Sir Edward Hussey, 1st Baronet (1585-1648) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England in 1640, supporter of the Royalist side in the English Civil War; Thomas Hussey (died 1641), Royalist Member...
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Migration of the Houssay family to Ireland
Some of the Houssay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Houssay family
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Houssay, or a variant listed above: Stephen Hussey and his wife Theodate, who settled in Boston in 1632; Christopher Hussey, who settled in Boston in 1632; David Hussey, who came to Virginia in 1648.
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