The ancestors of the bearers of the Elmhurst family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found 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 Elmhurst family
The surname Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst family
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Elmhurst Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Elmhurst include Elmhirst, Elmhurst, Elmehirst and others.
Early Notables of the Elmhurst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Elmhurst family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Elmhurst or a variant listed above:
Elmhurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Albert Elmhurst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1868
The Elmhurst 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.