Amhers is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in the locality of Amherst,
in the parish of Pembury in Kent.
Early Origins of the Amhers family
The surname Amhers 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 Amhers family
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Amhers Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Amhers family name include Amherst, Amhirst, Amhearst and others.
Early Notables of the Amhers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Amhers family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Amhers surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Amhearst who landed in North America in 1700.
The Amhers 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.