The surname of HUSER was derived from the Gaelic Uiseir. The name is of Norman origin, and has been in Ireland since the 14th century. The name is also spelt USHER, USSHER, HUSHER and LUSHER. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. This name was an occupational name for a janitor or gate-keeper. It was originally derived from the Latin 'ustiarius' meaning door or gate. The term was used in the Middle Ages of a court official charged with accompanying a person of rank on ceremonial occasions, and this may be a partial source of the surname. There is a tradition among Irish bearers of the name that they are descended from the Neville family, one of whose members served King John when he went to Ireland in 1210. The name is first recorded in Ireland with John le Ussher who was constable of Dublin Castle in 1302. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.
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