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Ussher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, Irish

Ussher is an ancient Norman name that 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.

Early Origins of the Ussher family

The surname Ussher 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.

Early History of the Ussher family

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Ussher Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Ussher were recorded, including Usher, Ussher and others.

Early Notables of the Ussher family (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...
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Migration of the Ussher family to Ireland

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Migration of the Ussher family to the New World and Oceana

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Ussher arrived in North America very early:

Ussher Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Marg Ussher, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Melbourne, in 1904
  • Neville Boileau Ussher, aged 32, who landed in America from Lurgan, Ireland, in 1909
  • Jennie Ussher, aged 31, who landed in America from Londonderry, Ireland, in 1909
  • Arnold Ussher, aged 29, who landed in America from Emmeskellin, Ireland, in 1910
  • Edith Ussher, aged 54, who landed in America from Oakham, England, in 1912
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Ussher Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Margaret Ussher, aged 36, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1909
  • Charles Essex Edgeworth Ussher, aged 64, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Ussher (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Freeman Barrows Ussher (1873-1915), American Christian missionary, wife of Clarence Ussher
  • Clarence Douglas Ussher (1870-1955), American physician and missionary during the Armenian Genocide
  • Richard John Ussher (1841-1913), Irish ornithologist
  • Jane Ussher MNZM (b. 1953), New Zealand portrait photographer, best known as the chief photographer of the New Zealand Listener for over 25 years
  • Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Thomas Ussher KCH CB (1779-1848), Irish-born, officer of the British Royal Navy; he conveyed Napoleon Bonaparte into exile in Elba
  • Beverley Ussher (1868-1908), Australian architect, partner to Henry Kemp
  • John "Johnny" Ussher (1830-1879), Canadian frontiersman and Gold Commissioner in the Thompson Country, British Columbia
  • Katharine "Kitty" Anne Ussher (b. 1971), British economist and politician, Labour Member of Parliament, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in 2009
  • Herbert Taylor Ussher, Governor of Tobago 1872-1875

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