Medhurst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Medhurst family

The surname Medhurst was first found in West Sussex at Midhurst, a market town and civil parish in the Chichester district which dates back to 1186 when it was listed as Middleherst and literally meant "middle wooded hill." [1] The village formerly stood within the grounds of Midhurst Castle but the Bishop of Durham dismantled the castle c. 1284. Medhurst Green is a village in Cheshire and Medhurst Row is found in Edenbridge, Kent.

Early History of the Medhurst family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medhurst research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1402, 1525, 1610, 1759, 1827, 1796 and 1857 are included under the topic Early Medhurst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Medhurst Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Midhurst, Midhirst, Medhurst, Medhirst and others.

Early Notables of the Medhurst family (pre 1700)

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United States Medhurst migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medhurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Medhurst, who sailed to Virginia in 1717
  • Daniel Medhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]

Canada Medhurst migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medhurst Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Medhurst, who migrated to Canada in 1834 with his wife and 3 children
  • Riehd Medhurst, who landed in Canada in 1834

Australia Medhurst migration to Australia +

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

Medhurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Medhurst, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Medhurst 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:

Medhurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Medhurst, aged 31, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mary Ann Medhurst, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Charles Medhurst, (b. 1809), aged 31, British agricultural labourer travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Medhurst, (b. 1806), aged 34, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [3]
  • Joseph Medhurst, aged 37, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Medhurst (post 1700) +

  • Harry Medhurst (1916-1984), English footballer
  • George Medhurst (1759-1827), English mechanical engineer and inventor
  • Walter Henry Medhurst (1796-1857), English writer, translator, and editor, Congregationalist missionary to China
  • Cameron Medhurst, Australian figure skater
  • Paul Medhurst (b. 1981), former professional Australian rules footballer
  • Natalie Medhurst (b. 1984), Australian netball player
  • Paul Medhurst (1953-2009), New Zealand cyclist, who won a bronze medal at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games
  • Kenneth Medhurst, religious scholar, Professor Emeritus of University of Bradford


The Medhurst 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: Adversa virtutue repello
Motto Translation: I repel adversity by virtue.


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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