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Origins Available: English, Irish
The name Hussey reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hussey 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.
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hussey family name 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." 
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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Hussey family to immigrate North America:
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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