Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa
‘descendant of Eodhus’; this was the name of a bardic family
associated with the Maguires of Fermanagh, also Anglicized as
- English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Houssaye in Seine-Maritime, so called from a
collective noun from Old French hous ‘holly’.
- English: nickname for a woman who was mistress of her own household, from
Middle English husewif (a compound of Old English hūs
‘house’ + wīf ‘woman’). It was not until the 17th century
that this word acquired pejorative connotations.
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