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Elmehirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Elmehirst is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a local called Elmhirst, in Staffordshire. The surname is derived from the local of the elmwood which was derived from the Middle English word elm and the Icelandic word almur

Early Origins of the Elmehirst family

The surname Elmehirst was first found in Yorkshire 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 Elmehirst family

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Elmehirst Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Elmehirst family name include Elmhirst, Elmhurst, Elmehirst and others.

Early Notables of the Elmehirst family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Elmehirst family to the New World and Oceana

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Elmehirst surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Albert Elmhurst arrived in Pennsylvania in 1868.

The Elmehirst 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: In Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.

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