Early Origins of the Derhurst family
The surname Derhurst 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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.
Early History of the Derhurst family
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Derhurst Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Deerhurst, Derehurst, Dearhurst, Derehirst and many more.
Early Notables of the Derhurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Derhurst family to the New World and Oceana
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..