The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought the Houssey family name to the British Isles. They 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 Houssey family
The surname Houssey 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Houssey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Houssey research.Another 205 words (15 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 Houssey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houssey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
Early Notables of the Houssey family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Hussey (1265-1332), sheriff of Surrey
, 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... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Houssey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houssey family to Ireland
Some of the Houssey family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Houssey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Houssey or a variant listed above were: 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.