Show ContentsDewhirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Dewhirst dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Dewhurst in the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Dewhirst family

The surname Dewhirst was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Dewhirst family

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Dewhirst 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 Dewhirst have been found, including Dewhurst, Dewhirst and others.

Early Notables of the Dewhirst family

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United States Dewhirst migration to the United States +

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 Dewhirst, or a variant listed above:

Dewhirst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dewhirst, who arrived in New York in 1832 [1]

Australia Dewhirst migration to Australia +

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

Dewhirst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dewhirst who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Dewhirst, British Convict who was convicted in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewhirst (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant James Henry Dewhirst (b. 1892), English World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories from Halifax, Yorkshire, recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Edward Dewhirst (1815-1904), English-born, Australian minister of religion and educationist, Inspector of Schools with the South Australian Education Department (1860)
  • John Dawson Dewhirst (1952-1978), British teacher and amateur yachtsman, killed by the Khmer Rouge during the rule of Pol Pot

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Henry Dewhirst, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [4]

The Dewhirst 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: Spes mea in Deo
Motto Translation: My hope is in God.

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from
  4. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook