Lusk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Lusk family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Berkshire. Their name, however, is a reference to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Loches, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Lusk family
The surname Lusk was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Lusk family
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Lusk Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Lush, Luss, Losh, Lusk and others.
Early Notables of the Lusk family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Lusk is the 1,788th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. 
Migration of the Lusk family to Ireland
Some of the Lusk family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Lusk migration to the United States ||+|
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Lusk or a variant listed above were:
Lusk Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Lusk, who settled in Augusta in Virginia in 1764
- Hugh Lusk, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1798 
- Jacob Lusk, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 
Lusk Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J P Lusk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- A Lusk, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
| Lusk 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:
Lusk Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Ballie Lusk, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
- Mr R. R. Lusk, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Thames" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th November 1849 
- Mr. R. B. Lusk, British settler with 3 children travelling from London aboard the ship "Thames" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th November 1849 
- Robert Baillie Lusk, aged 51, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames" in 1849
- Robert Lusk, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames" in 1849
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Lusk (post 1700) ||+|
- Herbert H. Lusk (1953-2022), American professional NFL football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978 from Memphis, Tennessee
- William H. Lusk, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1904
- William Lusk, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Columbia County, 1809-10
- Wayne C. Lusk, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 18th District, 1954
- Virgil S. Lusk, American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 1876-80; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1904
- R. M. Lusk, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1888
- Perry Lusk, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Kentucky, 1972
- Mary M. Lusk, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
- Louise F. Lusk, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1916
- Lucille Lusk, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1988
- ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
|Suggested Readings for the name Lusk ||+|
- Ancestors & Friends by William Lusk Crawford.
- Lusks, A Pioneer Family by Dexter Dixon.
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- 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)
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html