Last name: House

Recorded as House, Howse, Hoose, Housaman, and Houseman (English and Scottish) and as Housse, Dehouse, Houssier, Houssay, Housseman, Houzelle, Housiaux, and Houssiaux, this unusual and interesting name is residential or perhaps occupational. It described a person who was employed at, or who had some connection with, the largest and most important building in the settlement, or who lived by such a place. This may have been the 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 namebearer, and only later became hereditary when a son followed a father into the same occupation. In some cases the name may have referred to a "householder", someone 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 is from the Olde English pre 7th century word "hus", meaning house. Early examples of recordings include John Houseman of Colchester in Essex in the year 1365, whilst later recordings include the marriage of Amie House and Phillip Foster on November 19th 1594, at St. Benet Fink, in the city of London, and in France where for various reasons most recordings are much later, that of Yvonne Houssay at Phelan le Grand, Ille-et-Villaine, on March 1st 1667, and that of Jean Francois Housiaux, at Brognon, in the Ardenne, on August 31st 1797, at the begining of the Napoleonic Wars. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Simon Hus. This was dated 1226, in the Eynsham Cartualry of Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I do not understand how your HOUSE surname history, could be so limited. My House were formally HAUS from the Rhine area a Germany, They came through Pennsylvania, to North Carolina.Marx Haus was on of the family who settled in Mecklenburg, Co, NC in the 1760's. Yet, you did not even mention those thousands of House (Haus) descendents from Germany?!?!

Beki House
My surname comes directly from Richard de la Maison (ie. of the house). He came to England during the norman conquest. We are not sure where in France he came from yet. I think the surname of House is a hard one to put a history to being that it is likely a location or position reference so will change by family line.

Paul House
I am desperately trying to trace my family history. No one in my family has any records of our past and it is something I have always wanted to do. My name is Paul House and my family is from Franklin, TN and the surrounding areas. Does anyone have any suggestions of places for me to start?, other sites, etc.? Any suggestions you have would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Shari House
What a lot of 'House's'!! My Grandfather, 'House', lived in Saskatchewan. My understanding is that the family moved from Ontario, 1800's. Apparently, an ancestor moved to Ont. from New York State during the Loyalist movement. Where they arrived from before that, I have no idea. I do know that it was only 1 son of a larger family that moved West. According to the below comments, familes stayed in the U.S. during/after the Revolution. Up until about the 1980's, Western ph.directories did not hold many surnames of the House name; now.... from Sask.,Alberta,into B.C., there are many by the last name 'House' (eg. In 1993, there were 2 listings for the House name in Victoria, B.C.; now at least 20. The same goes for Calgary, Alberta. Just as in the 'old days', many people moved West in search of work). From Ontario to Nfld, the House name was quite common; from 'this' family of House, I ahd heard the name was possibly of Dutch origin. 'House's all over Europe, mud or castles!

Cody House
House and i live in mountain view arkansas

Eric K. House
Many people by the last name of House live in the "Upstate N.Y. area".
My Father was Edward House he was a carpenter.
His fathers name is David House.
I grew up in Fulton N.Y. and brother Ed lived in a small country town called Palermo N.Y..
Hope this helps someone!
Hey wait just one minute here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Should we not have at least ONE Doctor House up here??????? lol

Eric K. House
By the way just for the current generation.
Ed has two sons named Rodger and Lael.
I have two sons named Richard and Gary.

Yvonne House Alford
I am trying to learn about my heritage and where we originated from.. This is all new to me. I am kin to Carl Jackson House he was my grandfather...

Travis House
From Fresno, Ca but our family is supposedly from Arkansas.


My last name is House. Once tracing my history, it came from Howse, Haus and prior to that it was Von Hausen and Von Hoym (brothers split names because hated each other in 1100 AD). My origin is from Saxony, Germany. They migrated to NY and KY.

House as well

My mother's father surname is house and from Tyler, Texas. He doesn't have much family at all he says, but it would be great if I can trace some living relative somewhere or go back to his roots. Really appreciated if someone knew any Houses in Tyler, Texas and how I could possibly trace the House name? Thank you, God bless.

Warren House

Born in Missouri raised in Mississippi family from those 2 and Detroit area most of the family is from Heidelberg MS

V. Housen
I was born in Jamaica. My dad and grandfather died. Can someone tell me where my last name originates from?

justin house
It originates for me at Robert Curt-Hose, eldest son of William the Conqueror. For me, the name is Norman. Variations of the name may have to do with saxon/Israelite royal bloodlines.

I am looking for a Frank House who lived in London England. He was a friend of the Ernest and Annie Levi family in 1943. Ernest and Annie Levi lived in Norbury, Norwood, London.

Parker House
I am a marine biologist in California, but my family was in central Illinois for at least several generations (Lincoln/Springfield area). My great grandfather's name was Frank House and his father was Seymour Bartlett House (he was a direct descendant of Josiah Bartlett). I was curious to find out where my family is originally from, and any info at all if anyone knows anything. Thanks!

My mother was a House and I know my family line to Virginia in 1690. He was James House. We are from Louisiana, but my line goes through Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina and Virginia.

Jeremy House
Hello I love in Arkansas but most my House family live in Kansas city Missouri. And Oklahoma City Oklahoma. My grandpa is Edward House and my dad is Randal House.

In finding the name "house" this may help: Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Belgian, German, English language and probably some more are all related. They are in the division call "Germanic Language Family" of the IndoEuropean languages. The surname "House" or Howse," etc. probably means the same thing in these different languages, which in my opinion probably started in what is today Scandanavia. You can get a chart of all world languages on internet, if it helps.

melba bunt
origin of name

house name with surname

we are supposed to be german, but your coat of arms said the name is english.

clifford cresson
last name history

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