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The ancestry of the name Amherst dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the locality of Amherst, in the parish of Pembury in Kent.

Amherst Early Origins



The surname Amherst 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).

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Amherst Spelling Variations


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Amherst Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Amherst have been found, including Amherst, Amhirst, Amhearst and others.

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Amherst Early History


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Amherst Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Amherst research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1758 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Amherst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Amherst Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Amherst Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Amherst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Amherst, or a variant listed above:

Amherst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ri Amherst, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Amherst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Z Amherst, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855

Amherst Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Amherst, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

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Contemporary Notables of the name Amherst (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Amherst (post 1700)



  • William Pitt Amherst (1773-1857), 1st Earl Amherst, English, Governor-General of India
  • Jeffrey Amherst (1717-1797), English soldier
  • William Alexander Evering Cecil Amherst, 3rd Baron Amherst of Hackney, CBE, Major in the Royal Horse Guards
  • Jeffery John Archer Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst, British general in North America during the French and Indian War
  • Jeffrey John Archer Amherst, 5th Earl Amherst, nobleman

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Amherst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Amherst 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 30 January 2014 at 13:54.

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