Origin of the Name Hussey
The origin of the name Hussey
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Hussey
include O'Hosey, Hosey, Hussy, Hissey, Husey, Huzzey and Huzzay. This is a Norman name introduced to Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion, and is associated with Counties Kerry and Roscommon. They are a branch of a Norman family of Houssaye in France first called de Hosey, later Hussey, and arrived with Strongbow. They were granted lands by Hugh de Lacy near Dublin , including Galtrim in County Meath whence comes the title Baron of Galtrim. Sir Hugh Hussey was granted a Peerage by the Irish Parliament in the year 1294, and in 1887 large estates were owned by Husseys in County Meath and Kerry , but the only line of that family to survive is that which migrated to Dingle about 1550. Hussey is rendered as O'hEodhusa in Gaelic.
The Hussey coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hussey descendants.