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Where did the English Herst family come from? What is the English Herst family crest and coat of arms? When did the Herst family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Herst family history?The name Herst is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived close to a wooded region or thicket. Herst 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.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Herst has been spelled many different ways, including Hurst, Hirst, Herst and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Herst research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 164 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Herst History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Herst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Herst 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.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hersts to arrive in North America:
Herst Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Herst Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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.
The Herst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Herst 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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