Show ContentsLonghurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Longhurst begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the ancient town of Langhurst in the southern county of Surrey. This habitation name was originally derived from the Old English words lang meaning long and hyrst meaning wooded hill. The original bearers of the surname lived in an area that was defined by the long wooded hill in the county of Surrey. 1

Alternatively the family could have originated at "Longhurst, (Longhirst), a township in the parish of Bothal, near Morpeth, Northumberland." 2 3 4

Early Origins of the Longhurst family

The surname Longhurst was first found in Surrey where Richard de Lanherst was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1221. Later, Robert de Longehurst was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1332. 5

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. included a listing for Walter de Latighurst, Sussex, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward I.)

The Hundredorum Rolls of 12763 had only one listing, that of John de Langehirst. Hertfordshire. 2

Early History of the Longhurst family

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Longhurst Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Longhurst has undergone many spelling variations, including Longhurst, Langhurst, Lainghurst, Longhirst, Longhearst, Longherst, Langhirst, Lainghirst, Langhearst, Langherst, Langhorst, Landhurst, Landhearst, Landhirst and many more.

Early Notables of the Longhurst family

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United States Longhurst migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Longhurst were among those contributors:

Longhurst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Longhurst, who joined many who had landed in New York in the mid-1600's
Longhurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Longhurst, who landed in America in 1802 6

Australia Longhurst migration to Australia +

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

Longhurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Longhurst, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 7
  • Mr. Nathaniel Longhurst, (b. 1875), aged -40, English farm labourer who was convicted in Surrey, England for 14 years for poaching, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1867 8
  • George Longhurst, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 9
  • Mr. John Longhurst who was convicted in Sussex, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island 10

New Zealand Longhurst 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:

Longhurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Longhurst, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zambesi" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1863 11

Contemporary Notables of the name Longhurst (post 1700) +

  • Robert Longhurst (b. 1949), American sculptor and woodcarver
  • John Daniel Longhurst, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 106th District, 2012 12
  • David Longhurst (1965-1990), English footballer
  • Alan Reece Longhurst (1925-2023), British-born Canadian oceanographer who invented the Longhurst-Hardy Plankton Recorder
  • Tony Longhurst (b. 1957), Australian former racing driver and Australian Champion water skier
  • Henry Carpenter Longhurst (1909-1978), renowned British golf writer and commentator

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  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. 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)
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  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook