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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

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 marsh, which was noted for its rushes.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rush were recorded, including Rush, Rushe and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rush research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1756, 1813, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Rush History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 58 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rush Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Rush family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rush family emigrate to North America:

Rush Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Clinton Rush settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Clinion Rush, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Rush settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Jasper Rush, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1644
  • William Rush, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Rush Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Rush, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Nicholas Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Anthony Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Conrad Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Henry Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Rush Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Rush, who landed in America in 1812
  • George Rush, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Adam Rush, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Andrew Rush, aged 16, landed in New York in 1854
  • James Rush, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854


  • Kenneth Rush, American Lawyer
  • Barbara Rush (b. 1927), American stage, film, and television actress
  • Bobby Lee Rush (b. 1946), American Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Bobby Rush (b. 1940), American blues and R&B musician
  • William Rees Rush, American officer in the United States Navy
  • Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Major-General Hugo Peoples Rush (1900-1979), American Commanding General Western Air Defense Command (1949-1951)
  • Mr. Alfred George John Rush (d. 1912), aged 16, English Third Class passenger from Strood, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Most Rev. Francis Rush, Archbishop of Brisbane
  • Geoffrey Roy Rush (b. 1951), Australian Academy Award, Emmy Award Golden Globe winning actor, best known for his work on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and The King's Speech



  • Haese History (also Rush Family) by Lora Rabenhorst Klug.

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: Un Dieu
Motto Translation: One God.


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  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Rush Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rush 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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