Howsemend History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Howsemend family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person employed "at the house." In most cases, this was a religious house or convent. The surname Howsemend is derived from the Old English word hus, which means house, and the word man, which means servant. [1]

Early Origins of the Howsemend family

The surname Howsemend was first found in Yorkshire where Johannes Howsman was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. A few years earlier John Houseman was found in Colchester, Essex in 1365. [2]

"This surname, early found in Yorkshire, crossed the border and settled in the neighbourhood of Lancaster. A well-known vicar of Lancaster bore this name at the beginning of the century. Two hundred years earlier the name occurs in local Wills." [3]

Early History of the Howsemend family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Howsemend research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1365, 1714, 1604, 1622, 1630, 1636, 1696, 1636, 1759 and 1838 are included under the topic Early Howsemend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Howsemend Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Howsemend were recorded, including Houseman, Housemayne, Houssemayne, Housman, Howseman and many more.

Early Notables of the Howsemend family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Howsemend family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Howsemend family emigrate to North America: William Houseman, who sailed to Barbados in 1635; John Houseman to Virginia in 1699; William Howsman to Nova Scotia in 1749; Henry Houseman to Carolina in 1774.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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