Hursh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Hursh family

The surname Hursh was first found in Northumberland at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire and another parish, so named in Derbyshire. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept". [1] The parishes in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book. [2] At one time the family held a manor in Long Horsley. "The manor was at an early period the property of the Merlays; after them the Greystocks held it; and the Horsleys possessed lands here from an early period, till their heiress married into the family of Widdrington." [3]

Early History of the Hursh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hursh research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1296, 1546, 1547, 1525, 1583, 1550 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Hursh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hursh Spelling Variations

The name Hursh, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.

Early Notables of the Hursh family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Horsey (died 1546), knight of Henry VIII and Lord of the Manor of Clifton Maubank; Sir John Horsley who was knighted at the Battle of Musselburgh in 1547. Later he was made Captain of Banborough Castle...
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Migration of the Hursh family to Ireland

Some of the Hursh family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hursh family

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Hursh family, or who bore a variation of the surname Hursh were Joseph and Jane Horsley settled in Virginia in 1652; John Horsey settled in New England in 1665; Thomas and Mary Horsey settled in Boston in 1766.

Contemporary Notables of the name Hursh (post 1700)

  • Will T. Hursh, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 48th District, 1911-18 [4]
  • George R. Hursh, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from York County, 1869-70 [4]
  • Frank Hursh, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1940 [4]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from
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