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CONTRIBUTOR: erb816 on 6/23/2010
Meaning & History
As an English surname, it comes from two distinct sources. It is either of Norman origin, derived from Houssaye
, the name of an area in Seine-Maritime which ultimately derives from Old French hous
"holly"; or it is from a Middle English nickname given to a woman who was the mistress of a household, from an alteration of husewif
"housewife". (Note: The word hussy
did not acquire the pejorative slang meaning until the 17th century.)
As an Irish surname, it is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa
meaning "descendant of Eodhus". It belonged to an Irish family who served as bards to the Maguires of Fermanagh.