The ancestors of the bearers of the Amerst family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the locality of Amherst,
in the parish of Pembury in Kent.
Early Origins of the Amerst family
The surname Amerst was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Amherst, in the parish of Pembury. They held a family seat
, some say, about the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
survey initiated by Duke William of Normandy
in 1086, although this book does not show the record in the county of Kent
. The pedigree is only traceable to the year 1400 but the Harleian manuscripts show the name to be seated at Amherst in the early 1200's and from this source Earl Amherst was shown to represent this ancient family seated at Amhurst (ancient spelling).
Early History of the Amerst family
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Amerst Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Amerst include Amherst, Amhirst, Amhearst and others.
Early Notables of the Amerst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amerst family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Amerst or a variant listed above: John Amhearst who landed in North America in 1700.
The Amerst Motto
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: Victoriam concordia crescit
Motto Translation: Concord insures victory.