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Most Frequent Forenames for the Houseman Family in the Census
Origin of the Surname

Recorded  in a variety of spellings which include House, Howse, Hows, Hoose, Houseman and the dialectal's Housenam, and Housam, this interesting name is of pre 7th century Olde English origins. It was mainly an occupational surname for someone employed at, or with some connection with, the largest and most important building in the settlement.


This may have been the local “great house” of a nobleman or the landowner, or a religious house, a monastery or convent.

Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer and later became hereditary. In some cases the name may have referred to a “householder” who owned his own dwelling as opposed to being a tenant.

In the Middle Ages most of the population lived in huts or cottages rather than houses.


The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century “hus”, house, and the surname was first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below), with John Houseman being recorded in the County of Essex in 1365. A recording from the surviving registers of Greater London is that of the marriage of Amie House and Phillip Foster on November 19th 1594, at the church known as St. Benet Fink in the old city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Hus, which was dated 1226, in the “Eynsham Cartualry”, Oxfordshire, during the reign of  King Henry 111, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216-1272.


Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop”, often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


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It would appear that the Houseman family came to Nidderdale in the early 1600’s, bur where from ?, and through various marriages and their own efforts became leading and influential members of the community. There are still Houseman’s in the dale today. We have managed to prove a direct link to George Houseman, born about 1727 in Holme, Darley, Yorkshire.

From the I.G.I records it is possible to trace George back for three or more generations to another George Houseman, born in the early to mid 1600’s.


The I.G.I research has been kindly supplied by Jane & Ruth Simpson who have searched the Parish Records the ‘hard way’ ( at the County Records Office ) over many years.

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Recorded  in a variety of spellings which include House, Howse, Hows, Hoose, Houseman and the dialectal's Housenam, and Housam, this interesting name is of pre 7th century Olde English origins. It was mainly an occupational surname for someone employed at, or with some connection with, the largest and most important building in the settlement.

 This may have been the local “great house” of a nobleman or the landowner, or a religious house, a monastery or convent. Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer and later became hereditary. In some cases the name may have referred to a “householder” who owned his own dwelling as opposed to being a tenant.

In the Middle Ages most of the population lived in huts or cottages rather than houses.


The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century “hus”, house, and the surname was first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below), with John Houseman being recorded in the County of Essex in 1365. A recording from the surviving registers of Greater London is that of the marriage of Amie House and Phillip Foster on November 19th 1594, at

the church known as St. Benet Fink in the old city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Hus, which was dated 1226, in the “Eynsham Cartualry”, Oxfordshire, during the reign of  King Henry 111, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216-1272.


Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop”, often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980-2009



It would appear that the Houseman family came to Nidderdale in the early 1600’s, bur where from ?, and through various marriages and their own efforts became leading and influential members of the community. There are still Houseman’s in the dale today. We have managed to prove a direct link to George Houseman, born about 1727 in Holme, Darley, Yorkshire.

From the I.G.I records it is possible to trace George back for three or more generations to another George Houseman, born in the early to mid 1600’s.


The I.G.I research has been kindly supplied by Jane & Ruth Simpson who have searched the Parish Records the ‘hard way’ ( at the County Records Office ) over many years.

Origin of the Surname

Probably the most famous example of the name is A E Houseman  (the poet). Unfortunately the correct spelling of his name is Housman.


Another example is John Houseman the actor and film producer (1902-1988). Again not a true example as he was born Jacques Haussmann in Budapest.


One true Houseman is Peter Houseman (1945-1977) who played for Chelsea. There is a junior league named in his memory.


A more notorious example is Richard Houseman of Knaresborough. He, together with Eugene Aram, was accused of murdering Daniel Clark in 1744. Houseman turned King’s evidence

and only Eugene Aram was found guilty and executed. In 1828, the late Thomas Hood wrote The Dream of Eugene Aram, a poem of thirty-six stanzas. Sir E.B. Lytton (when Mr Bulwer) published his romance of Eugene Aram in 1831, and dedicated it to Sir Walter Scott.

Historical Occurences

In 1841 the census lists 324 Housemans ( according to Ancestry co.uk ) . By 1911 the census lists 838 ( according to 1911census.co.uk ).

The majority appear to have been farmers, or connected with agriculture. The ONS list of surnames shows that in Sept 2002 there were 886 recorded instances of the name.

The site suggests that this figure be multiplied by 0.93 to take account of deaths giving a total of 824. However, I can find only 211 examples of the name for individuals in the BT on line

directory in 2008.

Frequency of the Houseman Name #1841 #1851 #1861 #1871 #1881 #1891 #1901 #1911

The following data has been extracted from the GRO Indexes by Colin Houseman to whom I am very grateful for their use.


HOUSEMAN - Births (England and Wales) 1837 - 2005


http://www.one-name.org/cgi-bin/archive/birthfrontpage.cgi?study=Houseman


HOUSEMAN - Marriage (England and Wales) 1837 - 2005


http://www.one-name.org/cgi-bin/archive/marriagefrontpage.cgi?study=Houseman


HOUSEMAN - Deaths (England and Wales) 1837 - 2005


http://www.one-name.org/cgi-bin/archive/deathfrontpage.cgi?study=Houseman

Data

In 1841 - 142 of the 324 individuals listed appear in Yorkshire with 41 in Lancashire. 141 others were spread over 12 other counties.


By 1911 - 414 of the 838 individuals listed appear in Yorkshire with 125 in Lancashire. 299 others were spread over 25 other counties.


Examples of the name can be found in America, Australia, Canada and South Africa and links to the Darley family of George Houseman have been established

Distribution of the name
Origin of the Surname

Recorded  in a variety of spellings which include House, Howse, Hows, Hoose, Houseman and the dialectal's Housenam, and Housam, this interesting name is of pre 7th century Olde English origins. It was mainly an occupational surname for someone employed at, or with some connection with, the largest and most important building in the settlement.


This may have been the local “great house” of a nobleman or the landowner, or a religious house, a monastery or convent.

Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer and later became hereditary. In some cases the name may have referred to a “householder” who owned his own dwelling as opposed to being a tenant.

In the Middle Ages most of the population lived in huts or cottages rather than houses.


The derivation of the name is from the Olde English pre 7th Century “hus”, house, and the surname was first recorded in the early 13th Century (see below), with John Houseman being recorded in the County of Essex in 1365. A recording from the surviving registers of Greater London is that of the marriage of Amie House and Phillip Foster on November 19th 1594, at the church known as St. Benet Fink in the old city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Hus, which was dated 1226, in the “Eynsham Cartualry”, Oxfordshire, during the reign of  King Henry 111, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216-1272.


Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop”, often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.


© Copyright: Name Origin Research www.surnamedb.com 1980-2009



It would appear that the Houseman family came to Nidderdale in the early 1600’s, bur where from ?, and through various marriages and their own efforts became leading and influential members of the community. There are still Houseman’s in the dale today. We have managed to prove a direct link to George Houseman, born about 1727 in Holme, Darley, Yorkshire.

From the I.G.I records it is possible to trace George back for three or more generations to another George Houseman, born in the early to mid 1600’s.


The I.G.I research has been kindly supplied by Jane & Ruth Simpson who have searched the Parish Records the ‘hard way’ ( at the County Records Office ) over many years.

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