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Recorded in several spellings a shown below, this is an English and French status surname. It is said to be of pre 7th century origins, and is derived from the Olde French word 'ussier' and was probably introduced into England before the famous Conquest and Invasion of 1066, and into Ireland after the invasion of that coyuntry in 1170. The name is occupation and descriptive for an Usher, one of the most important positions in a royal or noble household. In the status listing, the Usher was above the Marshall, and second only to the Steward of the household. The usher being responsible for deciding who was to be admitted to the royal or noble presence, and hence a position of considerable authority and power, and one which could be abused...

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