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Early Origins of the Brush family

The surname Brush was first found in Suffolk, where the Subsidy Rolls of 1327 include an entry for Alice Brusch. Later the same rolls but in 1524, include entries for John Brosche and Robert Brusshe. [1]

Many early surnames were representative of the profession to which the first bearer belonged. The word "brush" was the same in Middle English as it is today, and the name was probably first given to a man who made brushes. [2] [3]

In Normandy, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Robert Bros in 1180 and Richard Broche in 1198 as holding lands there at that time. [4]

Early History of the Brush family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brush research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1327 and 1524 are included under the topic Early Brush History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Brush Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Brush, Brusche, Brushe, Brusshe, Brosche and others.

Early Notables of the Brush family

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Brush Ranking

In the United States, the name Brush is the 5,206th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]


United States Brush migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brush Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Brush, who arrived in New York in 1653 [6]
  • John Brush, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [6]
Brush Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Brush, who arrived in New England in 1731 [6]
  • Michel Brush, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
  • Augusteen Brush, aged 14, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
Brush Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G C Brush, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • J Brush, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • S Brush, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]

Canada Brush migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Brush Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. R. Brush U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Brush U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [7]

Australia Brush migration to Australia +

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

Brush Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Brush, (b. 1800), aged 28, Irish convict who was convicted in County Tyrone, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Fergusson" on 16th November 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died on board in 1828 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Brush (post 1700) +

  • Ben Joseph "Joey" Brush Jr. (1955-2015), American businessman and politician, Member of the Georgia Senate (1992-1993)
  • Major-General Rapp Brush (1889-1958), American Commanding General 40th Division, Philippines (1942-1945) [9]
  • John Tomlinson Brush (1845-1912), American sports executive, former owner of the New York Giants
  • Charles Francis Brush (1849-1929), American inventor, entrepreneur
  • Paul Brush (b. 1958), English former professional footballer
  • Richard Brush (b. 1984), English football goalkeeper
  • Howard Brush Dean III (b. 1948), American physician and Democratic politician, governor of Vermont from 1991-2003
  • Joseph Brush Fenton, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan land commissioner, 1876 [10]


The Brush 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: Fuimus
Motto Translation: God and my country.


Suggested Readings for the name Brush +

  • The Descendants of Thomas and Richard Brush of Huntington, Long Island by Stuart Brush.
  • Brush, Sammis, Kelsey, and Allied Families by Fannie Neumann.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/fergusson
  9. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Rapp Brush. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Brush/Rapp/USA.html
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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