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Where did the English Hurst family come from? What is the English Hurst family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hurst family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hurst family history?

The ancestors of the Hurst surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived close to a wooded region or thicket. Hurst is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Hurst include Hurst, Hirst, Herst and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurst research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Hurst History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Hurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hurst family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Hurst Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tobias Hurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1618
  • Gilbert Hurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • James Hurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Elizabeth Hurst, who arrived in Maryland in 1660
  • Richard Hurst, who arrived in Maryland in 1668


Hurst Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Hurst, who landed in New England in 1720
  • Jonathan Hurst, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Hurst Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Akid Hurst, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Jones C Hurst, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William Hurst, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Edmond Hurst, who landed in New York in 1852
  • Anne, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Mary, Robert, Thomas, and William Hurst all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860


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  • Fannie Hurst (1889-1968), American author
  • Tim Hurst (1865-1915), American baseball player and umpire
  • Pat Hurst (b. 1969), American LPGA professional golfer
  • Ryan Douglas Hurst (b. 1976), American actor
  • William Hansel Hurst (b. 1970), retired Major League Baseball player
  • Bruce Vee Hurst (b. 1958), American former Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher
  • John Fletcher Hurst (1834-1903), American bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Paul Hurst (b. 1974), retired English footballer
  • Sir Geoffrey Charles "Geoff" Hurst MBE (b. 1941), retired English footballer
  • Christopher Hurst, English founder of Hurst Publishers, now C. Hurst & Co. in 1969

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.

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The Hurst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hurst Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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