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

The name Lush came to England with the ancestors of the Lush family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Lush family lived in Berkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Loches, Normandy.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Lush, Luss, Losh, Lusk and others.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lush research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1067 is included under the topic Early Lush History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Lush family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 104 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Lush or a variant listed above:

Lush Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Lush, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Henry Lush, aged 17, arrived in New England in 1635
  • John Lush, who arrived in Maryland in 1670
  • Arthur Lush settled in Barbados in 1685

Lush Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Lush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Nichs Lush, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Lush Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Richard, Lush Sr., who arrived in New York in 1838

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  • Billy Lush (b. 1981), American actor
  • Jay Lawrence Lush (1896-1982), American animal geneticist, recipient of the National Medal of Science in 1968
  • Clement Aleksandr Lush (b. 1973), Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter


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The Lush Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lush 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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