Houze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Houze family
The surname Houze was first found in Northumberland at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire and another parish, so named in Derbyshire. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept".  The parishes in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book.  At one time the family held a manor in Long Horsley. "The manor was at an early period the property of the Merlays; after them the Greystocks held it; and the Horsleys possessed lands here from an early period, till their heiress married into the family of Widdrington." 
Important Dates for the Houze family
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Houze Spelling Variations
Although the name, Houze, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.
Early Notables of the Houze family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Horsey (died 1546), knight of Henry VIII and Lord of the Manor of Clifton Maubank; Sir John Horsley who was knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547. Later he was made Captain of Banborough Castle...
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Migration of the Houze family to Ireland
Some of the Houze family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Houze migration to the United States
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Houze family name Houze, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Houze Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Houze, who landed in New Jersey in 1765 
Contemporary Notables of the name Houze (post 1700)
- François Houzé de Saint-Paul, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) François Houzé. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html