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

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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rust, Ruste, Roost, Roust, Roast and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1016 when Cenwold Rust held estates in that county.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rust research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1455, 1487, and 1511 are included under the topic Early Rust History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rust Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rust, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Bernhardt Rust, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Christian Rust, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Bastian Rust, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754

Rust Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Rust, aged 15, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Fried Rust, aged 8, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Frederick Rust, who landed in America in 1860
  • Ernest Rust, aged 45, landed in New York, NY in 1869
  • Andrew Rust, who landed in Arkansas in 1893


  • Rodney A. Rust (b. 1928), former American football player and coach
  • Albert Rust (1818-1870), member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas
  • Richard Rust (1938-1994), American actor of stage, television, and film
  • Paul Robert Rust (b. 1981), American actor, comedian and writer
  • Reginald Porter Rust (1909-1984), American football running back in the National Football League
  • D.L. "Rusty" Rust (b. 1932), American artist
  • Brian Rust (1922-2011), English jazz discographer
  • Graham Rust (b. 1942), internationally renowned English artist and muralist
  • Mathias Rust (b. 1968), German man known for his illegal landing near Red Square
  • Dr. Bernhard Rust (1883-1945), Minister of Science, Education and National Culture (Reichserziehungsminister) in Nazi Germany



  • Back When and Now: History of the Family of Agnes Rust Gordon Smith by Agnes Rust Gordon Smith.
  • Rust: a History of the Clark County, Ohio Pioneer Family by William Lester Griffin.


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  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 3 October 2014 at 16:13.

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