Deerhurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Deerhurst family
The surname Deerhurst was first found in Gloucestershire at Deerhurst, a village near Tewkesbury that dates back to Saxon times. The first record of the place name was in 804 when it was listed as Deorhyrst but by the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name was listed as Derherste.  St Mary's Priory Church, Deerhurst is of particular note as it dates back to the reign of King Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) and an inscription to that end can be still be seen in the church today. Interestingly, if we are to explore the meaning of the place name, we find that it literally means "wooded hill frequented by deer" having derived from the Old English words "deor" + "hyrst."  Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Deerhurst, a barony which once ruled 30,000 acres of Gloucestershire, but is now a village of less than 15 houses, held by Paris, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book.
Important Dates for the Deerhurst family
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Deerhurst Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Deerhurst, Derehurst, Dearhurst, Derehirst and many more.
Early Notables of the Deerhurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deerhurst family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)