Midhirst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Midhirst family
The surname Midhirst 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."  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 Midhirst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Midhirst 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 Midhirst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Midhirst Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Midhurst, Midhirst, Medhurst, Medhirst and others.
Early Notables of the Midhirst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Midhirst family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Medhurst, who sailed to Virginia in 1717; as well as Richard Medhurst, who migrated to Canada in 1834 with his wife and 3 children.
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The Midhirst 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.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)