Rush History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Rush name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a clump of rushes. The surname Rush comes from the Old English word rush, which had the same meaning. Thus, bearers of the surname Rush lived near a marsh, which was noted for its rushes.

Early Origins of the Rush family

The surname Rush was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Rush family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rush research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1577, 1533, 1745, 1813, 1756, 1833 and are included under the topic Early Rush History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rush Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rush were recorded, including Rush, Rushe and others.

Early Notables of the Rush family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Anthony Rush (1537-1577), English divine, Dean of Chichester, was apparently son and heir of Arthur Rush of Sudborne, Suffolk, and grandson of Sir Thomas Rush of that place, who was knighted in 1533 for his services to Henry VIII...
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Rush Ranking

In the United States, the name Rush is the 706th most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. [1] However, in New Zealand, the name Rush is ranked the 729th most popular surname with an estimated 986 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Rush family to Ireland

Some of the Rush family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Rush migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Rush family emigrate to North America:

Rush Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Clinton Rush, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Clinion Rush, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • John Rush, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Jasper Rush, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1644 [3]
  • William Rush, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rush Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary Rush, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]
  • Nicholas Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [3]
  • Anthony Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [3]
  • Conrad Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1761 [3]
  • Henry Rush, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
Rush Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Rush, who landed in America in 1812 [3]
  • George Rush, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]
  • Adam Rush, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [3]
  • Andrew Rush, aged 16, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]
  • James Rush, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1854 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Rush migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rush Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Martin Rush U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Martin Rush Jr., U.E. who settled in Midland District [Lennox & Addington], Ontario c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Martin Rush Sr., U.E. (b. 1732) born in Duchess County, New York, USA from Bergen County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Digby, Nova Scotia c. 1784, then Fredericktown, New Brunswick, resettled in 1798 in Midland District [Lennox & Addington], Ontario, then Prince Edward County, Ontario he was a Carpenter in the Engineer Department, married to Abigail Lockwood having 5 children, he died in 1827 [4]
Rush Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Rush, who arrived in Canada in 1800
  • Ms. Mary Rush who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [5]
  • Mr. Patrick Rush, aged 60 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [5]
  • Mr. Peter Rush, aged 3 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [5]
  • Mr. B. Rush who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing 15th June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 10th August 1847 but he died on board [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Rush migration to Australia +

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

Rush Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Rush, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. James Rush, (b. 1800), aged 20, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for life for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Charles Rush, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Catherine Rush, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Richard Rush, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for life, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Rush 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:

Rush Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Rush, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th February 1854 [12]
  • Mr. Rush, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Stately" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th February 1854 [12]

West Indies Rush 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. [13]
Rush Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. William Rush, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [14]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rush (post 1700) +

  • Richard Rush (1929-2021), American Academy Award nominated film director, scriptwriter, and producer, best known for directing The Stunt Man
  • Christopher Rush (1965-2016), American illustrator, best known for his work on Magic: The Gathering
  • Major-General Hugo Peoples Rush (1900-1979), American Commanding General Western Air Defense Command (1949-1951) [15]
  • Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • William Rees Rush, American officer in the United States Navy
  • Bobby Rush (b. 1940), American blues and R&B musician
  • Barbara Rush (b. 1927), American stage, film, and television actress
  • Kenneth Rush, American Lawyer
  • Bennie Rush, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948 [16]
  • B. T. Rush, American politician, Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, 1871 [16]
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alfred George John Rush (d. 1912), aged 16, English Third Class passenger from Strood, Kent who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Perry Rush, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Rush 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: Un Dieu
Motto Translation: One God.


Suggested Readings for the name Rush +

  • Haese History (also Rush Family) by Lora Rabenhorst Klug.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 54)
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 94)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  11. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  14. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Hugo Rush. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Rush/Hugo_Peoples/USA.html
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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