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The name Usher arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a door keeper to a king. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word l'ussier, meaning the door keeper. This job held considerable status, as it entailed knowing the rank and status of all those who would enter the King's chambers.

Usher Early Origins



The surname Usher was first found in Durham where it is said they were descended from Richard de Neuville, the Admiral of Duke William's fleet, who was granted lands originally in Westmorland. His third son was entrusted with the defense of Bridgnorth in 1102.

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Usher Spelling Variations


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Usher Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Usher, Ussher and others.

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Usher Early History


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Usher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Usher research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1550, 1613, 1581, 1656, 1625 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Usher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Usher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Usher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Ussher ( c. 1550-1613), a founder of Trinity College, Dublin and Church of Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh; and James Ussher (Usher) (1581-1656), Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Usher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Usher In Ireland


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Usher In Ireland



Some of the Usher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Usher or a variant listed above:

Usher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamine Usher, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Ben Usher, who came to Virginia in 1623
  • John and William Usher, who arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Robert Usher, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637
  • Hezekiah Usher, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1639
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Usher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Usher, who arrived in South Carolina in 1722-1723
  • Arthur Usher, who arrived in America in 1736-1737
  • Margaret Usher, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • John Usher, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Joseph Usher, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Usher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Luke Usher, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • Bloomfield Usher, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Richard W Usher, aged 23, arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Usher, who landed in New York in 1829
  • Samuel Usher, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Usher Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Allen Usher, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Usher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Usher, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, in 1823 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Usher, who was a soldier of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1825 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John F Usher, who landed in Canada in 1834

Usher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Job Usher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Eliza Usher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • George Usher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Hannah Elizabeth Usher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  • Thomas Usher, Canadian convict from Fredericton, New Brunswick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Usher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Usher arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Sarah Usher arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Usher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Usher (post 1700)



  • John Palmer Usher (1816-1889), American administrator, 7th United States Secretary of the Interior (1863-1865)
  • Jonathan Usher (1770-1839), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Haddam, 1823
  • John Palmer Usher (1816-1889), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1850-51; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1856; Indiana State Attorney General, 1861-62; U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1863-65
  • James H. Usher, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Tolland, 1902
  • James Usher, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1894-95
  • G. R. Usher, American politician, U.S. Consul in Asuncion, 1874
  • Charles E. Usher, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Tolland; Elected 1906
  • Bloomfield Usher (1814-1893), American politician, Member of New York State Senate 15th District, 1857
  • Lemuel B. Usher, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1864
  • Merritt L. Usher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Willington, 1910, 1912
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Usher Historic Events


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Usher Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Usher, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick William Usher, British Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Usher


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Suggested Readings for the name Usher



  • Ushers in America Through Twelve Generation by Avis Hedrix Nelson.

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Usher Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Orleana.htm
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  11. ...

The Usher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Usher 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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