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This important family was one of the earliest branches to assert its independence from the great Clan Donald. Some doubt exists as to the exact progenitor of this clan, but it is now accepted they are the descendants of Alastair Mor, son of Donald of the Isles. Alastair first appears as a witness to a charter granted by his brother Angus, Lord of the Isles, to the Abbey of Paisley around 1253. The .....


Heraldry Database: Hurst

Hurst







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

Background:  Topographic name for someone who lived on a wooded hill, Old English hyrst, or habitational name from one of the various places named with this word, for example Hurst in Berkshire, Kent, Somerset, and Warwickshire, or Hirst in Northumberland and West Yorkshire.


Motto:  Pro Deo et rege, For God and the king.
Arms:  Ar. the sun, in splendor, gu.
Crest:  In a wood ppr. the sun or.


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Recorded in the spellings of Hurst, Herst, Hearst, and Hirst, this is an English surname. It is either a topographical for someone who lived on a wooded hill, deriving from the Old English pre 7th century word "hyrst", or as a locational name from one of the various places called Hurst, in Berkshire, Kent, Somerset, and Warwickshire, or Hirst in Northumberland and the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname dates back to the late 11th century (see below), and further examples of early recordings include Helias de Hirst of Yorkshire in the cecords of the Knight Templars of England in 1177, and that of Walter del Hurst in the Pipe Rolls of Buckinghamshire in 1236. Amongst the many interesting examples of recordings is that of Tobias Hurst. He was one of the earliest emigrants to the the American colonies of New England where he is recorded as living in "Elizabeth Cittie", Virginia, in early 1624. He arrived on the ship "Treasurer of London" in 1618, which was two years before the famous Pilgrim Fathers on their ship "Mayflower" in 1620. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas de Herst. This was dated 1086, in the famous Domesday Book of England, during the reign of King William 1st, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087.

Name Variations:  Hurst, Herst, Hearst, Hirst.

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/Hurst






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