The name Amest is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the locality of Amherst,
in the parish of Pembury in Kent.
Early Origins of the Amest family
The surname Amest 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 Amest family
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Amest Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Amest are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Amest include: Amherst, Amhirst, Amhearst and others.
Early Notables of the Amest family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amest family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Amest or a variant listed above: John Amhearst who landed in North America in 1700.
The Amest 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.