USHER Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Usher Mean?

Usher originated as an occupational surname for someone who worked as an usher or gatekeeper.
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Usher is an occupational surname for a servant or courtier who served as an officer of a court to introduce strangers, or usher visitors in and out of meetings in large houses or palaces. It may also have originated as an occupational surname for the under-master of a school or who worked as a gatekeeper. The name derives from the Middle English usher, Old French ussier, or huissier, from the Late Latin ustiarius, meaning "door" or "gate." 

Surname Origin: French, Irish, English

Alternate Surname Spellings: USSHER, USSIER, HUISSIER

Famous People with the USHER Surname

  • James Ussher - 17th-century Archbishop of Armagh
  • Richard Usher - English clown and theatre designer
  • Andrew Usher, II - successful Scottish whiskey distiller
  • David Usher -  English-born, Canadian singer songwriter and recording artist
  • Hezekiah Usher - first known bookseller in the American colonies

Where is the USHER Surname Most Common?

The Usher surname, according to surname distribution information from Forebears, is most prevalent in the United States, where it ranks as the 4,706th most common last name. Usher is much more common based on population percentage in Belize, however, where it is the 10th most common surname. It is also found in England, Australia and South Africa.

WorldNames PublicProfiler data indicates that the Usher surname is somewhat more commonly found in the North of England, as well as in the Midlands region of Ireland, the Northern Territory of Australia, Ontario in Canada, and in the Otorohanga, Stratford, Waimakariri and Taupo districts of New Zealand.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname USHER

Usher Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as an Usher family crest or coat of arms for the Usher surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

USHER Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Usher ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Usher ancestors, or join the forum and post a query about your own Usher ancestors.

FamilySearch - USHER Genealogy
Explore over 240,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Usher surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

USHER Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Usher surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

GeneaNet - Usher Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Usher surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Usher Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Usher surname from the website of Genealogy Today. Usher Surname
Explore over 600,000 digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills and other records for the Usher surname on the subscription-based website,

Usher Surname - Geni
Read more about the history of the Usher surname and search for Usher family trees on the genealogy website

References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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