The name Usseray was brought to England
in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Usseray 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.
Early Origins of the Usseray family
The surname Usseray was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Usseray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Usseray research.Another 103 words (7 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 Usseray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Usseray Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Usseray have been found, including Hussey, Houssey, Huzzy, Huzzey and others.
Early Notables of the Usseray family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Henry Hussey (1265-1332), sheriff of Surrey
, created 1st Baron
Hussey in 1295; Sir Edward Hussey, 1st Baronet
(1585-1648) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England
in 1640, supporter of the Royalist side in the English... Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Usseray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Usseray family to Ireland
Some of the Usseray family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Usseray family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Usseray were among those contributors: Stephen Hussey and his wife Theodate, who settled in Boston in 1632; Christopher Hussey, who settled in Boston in 1632; David Hussey, who came to Virginia in 1648.