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Origins Available: English, Irish
The ancestors of the Hussey family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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.
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
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." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hussey 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 Hussey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 217 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hussey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Hussey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hussey or a variant listed above:
Hussey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Stephen Hussey and his wife Theodate, who settled in Boston in 1632
- Christopher Hussey, who settled in Boston in 1632
- Christopher Hussey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632
- David Hussey, who landed in Virginia in 1648
- David Hussey, who came to Virginia in 1648
Hussey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Ann Hussey, a bonded passenger, who came to Annapolis, Maryland in 1725
- Benjamin Hussey, who came to Pennsylvania in 1728
- Martha Hussey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1742
- Robert Hussey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1742
- Catherine Hussey, who arrived in Maryland in 1769
Hussey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Hussey, who arrived in America in 1811
- Maunee Hussey, aged 35, arrived in Missouri in 1840
- Oliver, Anthony, Christopher, James, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Hussey, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Hussey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Hussey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
- George Edward Hussey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
- Catherine Hussey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
- Charles Henry Hussey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
- Thomas Hussey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
Hussey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Hussey, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Mary Hussey, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Caroline Hussey, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
- George Hussey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brahmin" in 1883
- Arthur Hussey, American bronze medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games
- Matt Hussey (b. 1979), American professional ice hockey center
- Francis Valentine Joseph "Frank" Hussey (1905-1974), American gold medalist in 4x100 m relay at the 1924 Summer Olympics
- Erastus Hussey (1800-1889), American abolitionist, a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, one of the founders of the Republican Party
- Ruth Carol Hussey (1911-2005), American actress best known for her Oscar-nominated role as photographer Liz Imbrie in "The Philadelphia Story" with Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart
- Mr. John Hussey, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Dyneley Hussey (1893-1972), English war poet, journalist, art critic and music critic
- Olivia Hussey (b. 1951), Argentine-born, English actress who at the age of 15 won the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscar equivalent) for her performance as Juliet, in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet"
- Susan Hussey DCVO (b. 1939), Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II
- Percival Leitch Hussey (1869-1944), Australian first-class cricket player
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The Hussey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hussey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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