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Hirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Hirst name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived close to a wooded region or thicket. Hirst is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Literally the name was derived from the Saxon word for "a wood, a grove; fruit-bearing tree." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Early Origins of the Hirst family


The surname Hirst was first found in Yorkshire the "surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'at the hurst,' a wood, a thicket. This surname has ramified in the most remarkable manner in the West Riding of Yorkshire." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The earliest record the family was Roger del Hurst who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Lancashire in 1246. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 was one of the first rolls to list early spellings of the name: Iyode Hirst; and Richard de Hirst, both listed in Huntingdonshire. The Writs of Parliament of 1302 listed John atte Hurst. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus del He'rst; Adam del Hyrst; and Willelmus del Hirst. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Early History of the Hirst family


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Hirst Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hirst were recorded, including Hurst, Hirst, Herst and others.

Early Notables of the Hirst family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hirst family to Ireland


Some of the Hirst family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 117 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hirst family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hirst family emigrate to North America:

Hirst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrath Hirst, aged 40, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Hirst, who landed in New York, NY in 1749 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Hirst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Hirst, who arrived in New York in 1822 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Akid Hirst, who landed in New York in 1835 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Hirst, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1859 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Hirst, who landed in Arkansas in 1890 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Hirst Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Hirst, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss J B Hirst, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Hirst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Hirst, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Joseph Hirst, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOUNT STUART ELPHINSTONE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851MountStuartElphinstone.gif
  • William Hirst, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOUNT STUART ELPHINSTONE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851MountStuartElphinstone.gif

Hirst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sydney Hirst, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • W Hirst, who landed in Otako, New Zealand in 1840
  • Sydney Hirst, aged 27, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Mary Hirst, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Susan Hirst, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hirst (post 1700)


  • Gertrude Mary "G. M." Hirst (1869-1962), English-born, American classicist
  • Michael Hirst (b. 1952), English screenwriter, best known for his films Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) and The Tudors (2007 to 2010)
  • George Herbert Hirst (1871-1954), English professional cricketer
  • Edward Hirst, English photographer and videographer
  • Damien Steven Hirst (b. 1965), English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector
  • John Bradley Hirst FASSA (1942-2016), Australian historian and commentator
  • Thomas Archer Hirst (1830-1892), British mathematician, recipient of the Royal Society's Royal Medal (1883)
  • Simon "Hirsty" Hirst (b. 1975), British radio presenter
  • Paul Hirst (1947-2003), British sociologist, Professor of Social Theory at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Robert George "Rob" Hirst (b. 1956), Australian musician, founding member of rock band Midnight Oil
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Hirst family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Alfred Hirst (1875-1914), English First Class Passenger from Birmingham, England, United Kingdom who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harry Hirst, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

The Hirst 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: Pro Deo et rege
Motto Translation: For God and the king.


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Citations


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOUNT STUART ELPHINSTONE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851MountStuartElphinstone.gif
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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