Fairhurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Fairhurst family

The surname Fairhurst was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Lancashire when Henry Fairhurst was recorded in the Preston area.

Important Dates for the Fairhurst family

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Fairhurst Spelling Variations

The name Fairhurst, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Fairhurst, Fairest, Firest, Ferest, Ferhurst and many more.

Early Notables of the Fairhurst family (pre 1700)

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Fairhurst migration to Canada

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Fairhurst family, or who bore a variation of the surname Fairhurst were

Fairhurst Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • R Fairhurst, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Fairhurst migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fairhurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Emma Fairhurst, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [1]
  • Thomas Fairhurst, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 [1]

Fairhurst migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fairhurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Fairhurst, aged 54, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Mary Fairhurst, aged 54, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • John Henry Fairhurst, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Thomas Fairhurst, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Charlotte Fairhurst, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Fairhurst (post 1700)

  • Colin Peter Fairhurst (1942-1994), English teacher, lecturer, author and contributor to ecological studies of myriapods
  • Dr. William Albert Fairhurst CBE (1903-1982), English-born bridge designer and chess master
  • Horace Fairhurst (1893-1921), English professional footballer
  • David Liddle Fairhurst (1906-1972), English professional footballer
  • Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008), English artist who worked in installation, photography and video
  • Suzanne "Sue" Fairhurst (b. 1974), Australian two-time bronze medalist softball player at the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Frank Fairhurst (1892-1953), British Labour Party politician
  • Edward "Ed" Fairhurst (b. 1979), Canadian international rugby union player
  • Mary E Fairhurst, member of the Washington State Supreme Court

Historic Events for the Fairhurst family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Stanley Fairhurst, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [2]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Wilfred George Fairhurst, English First Intermediate 3rd Engineer from Gt. Crosby, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PETREL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Petrel.htm
  2. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  3. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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