Hussey Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Hussey Family History

Hussey Family History

The Hussey ancient family history was found in the archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

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 family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hussey descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Hussey Coat of Arms

Ermine Associated with the robes and crowns of Royal and Noble Personages
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Canton An Honorable charge
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades

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