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There are some five thousand persons in Ireland to-day bearing the surname Henry - without O or Mac. The majority of these are Ulstermen formerly called O'Henry, the Irish form being H hInneirghe. the head of this sept was chief of Cullentra in Co. Tyrone whose territory at one time extended to the valley of Glenconkeine in Co. Derry.

Fitzhenry, sometimes abbreviated to Henry, is the n.....


Heraldry Database: Rush

Rush







Surname:  Rush
Branch:  Rush
Origins:  British
More Info:  England

Background:  The origins of the Rush name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a clump of rushes. The surname Rush comes from the Old English word rush, which had the same meaning. Thus, bearers of the surname Rush lived near a march, which was noted for it rushes.


Motto:  Un Dieu, un roy, un foy; One God, one king, one faith.
Arms:  Gu. a fess or, betw. three colts in full course ppr.
Crest:  A wolf`s head erased erm.


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The surname Rush has at least four possible origins. It is generally accepted that in England it is a topographical surname from pre 7th century origins and describes a person who either lived near an area of rushes, or perhaps more likely described a reed cutter or reed merchant as in Alan le Russere of Sussex in the Subsidy Rolls of the year 1296. The derivation is from the ancient word 'rysc', meaning reeds or rushes. The Scottish and many Irish nameholders derive their name from 'risag' which has the same meaning of rush, and in Scotland the name also developed into Ruske and Risk. Those holders of the name of definate Irish origins often have a form of the Gaelic O'Ruis translating as 'the descendant of Ros'. This was an early personal name which itself has at least four separate meanings! To add to the confusion, in the province of Connacht, Rush has also been used as a translation of the Gaelic surname O'Luachra'. Luachra in Irish means 'to rush', and hence the modern spelling! The German-Swiss origin is the same as the English, showing the early Anglo-Saxon connection, with Luczo Rosche being recorded at Ulm in 1319.

Name Variations:  Rush, Rushe, Rosher, Rusher, Rushman, Risch, Rischer, Rosch, Roscher.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
English Surnames; C.M. Matthews - 1966.
A Dictionary of English Surnames; P.H. Reaney - 1958.
Surname Database: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Rush






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