Hurt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Hurt family have grown. This surname was also derived form the Old English word "heorot," which meant "stag." [1] The original bearer of this name most likely was known by this nickname due to some traits or attributes that seemed "stag-like." There are many folk tales, myths, and legends which portrayed animals behaving as humans.

Early Origins of the Hurt family

The surname Hurt was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Amicia le Hurt, Thomas le Hurt, and Hugh le Hurt as all holding lands there at that time. [1]

"In the reign of Edward I, Hurt was a common name in Oxfordshire, and it was also represented then in Lincolnshire and Devonshire." [2]

However, another source notes Aelfric Hort was living in Hampshire c. 1060 and in this case, he would have been a Saxon as this was before the Norman Conquest in 1066. He continues: Roger Hert was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1166, Reginald Hurt was a Templar from Bedfordshire in 1185, Simon le Hert was listed in the Feet of Fines for Kent in 1197, Godrich le Hurt was listed in Berkshire in 1220, and finally Richard Hort was listed in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221. [3]

Early History of the Hurt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurt research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1633, 1595, 1602, 1609, 1461, 1674, 1751, 1674, 1690 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Hurt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hurt Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hurt include Hurt, Hurte and others.

Early Notables of the Hurt family (pre 1700)

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hurt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hurt Ranking

In the United States, the name Hurt is the 1,234th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [4]


United States Hurt migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hurt were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hurt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Toby Hurt, who sailed to Virginia in 1623
  • Toby Hurt, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Richard Hurt, aged 17, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [5]
  • Richard Hurt to Somers Island in 1635
  • Edward Hurt to Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hurt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Hurt, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • William, Hurt Sr., who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Alex Hurt, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [5]
  • Michall Hurt, who arrived in Virginia in 1722 [5]
  • Joseph Hurt to America in 1744
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hurt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John C Hurt, who arrived in Indiana in 1839 [5]
Hurt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Hurt, (b. 1884), aged 20, Cornish blacksmith travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th May 1904 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [6]

Australia Hurt migration to Australia +

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

Hurt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Hurt, a engineer, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Hurt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [7]
  • Bridget Hurt, aged 26, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [8]

New Zealand Hurt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hurt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John W. Hurt, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Fred Hurt, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Daniel Hurt, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

West Indies Hurt migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Hurt Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Hurt to Barbados in 1635
  • Robert Hurt, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Mr. Robert Hurt, (b. 1616), aged 19, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hurt (post 1700) +

  • Dwan Hurt (1963-2016), American basketball coach and dean at Junipero Serra High School
  • Marlin Hurt (1905-1946), American stage entertainer and radio actor
  • William Hurt (b. 1950), Academy Award winning American actor and producer
  • Mary Beth Hurt (b. 1948), critically acclaimed American stage and screen actor
  • L. B. Hurt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1884 [11]
  • Joyce Hurt, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1980 [11]
  • John Hurt, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1956, 1964, 1972 [11]
  • J. R. Hurt, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 91st District, 1973 [11]
  • J. C. Hurt Jr., American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from McDowell County, 1954 [11]
  • Ewing Hurt, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Cooper County, 1964 [11]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Hurt +

  • Tidewater to Texas: The Hurt Family, A History by Ronald Wayne Hurt.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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