Cush History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Cush dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a maker of leather armor for the knight's legs. In some cases the name was used as a trade name for a shoemaker. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old French word cuisse, a type of leather armor.

Early Origins of the Cush family

The surname Cush was first found in Leicestershire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Cush family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cush research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1545, 1576 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Cush History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cush Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cush has undergone many spelling variations, including Kiss, Kish, Kyshe, Kysh, Kysse, Cuss, Cusse, Cush and others.

Early Notables of the Cush family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cush Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Cush migration to Australia +

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

Cush Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Denis Cush, (b. 1809), aged 22, Irish stone cutter who was convicted in County Tyrone, Ireland for life for assault, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 5th November 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1887 [1]
  • Bridget Cush, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina" [2]
  • Isabella Cush, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Contemporary Notables of the name Cush (post 1700) +

  • Emmett Patrick Cush, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1929; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1930; Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1934 [3]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/captain-cook
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MEDINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/medina1852.shtml
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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