Houssy is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Houssy 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 Houssy family
The surname Houssy 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 Houssy family
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Houssy Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Houssy has been recorded under many different variations, including Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
Early Notables of the Houssy 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 Houssy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Houssy family to Ireland
Some of the Houssy family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Houssy family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Houssys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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.