The ancestors of the bearers of the Rushen family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found near a clump of rushes. The surname Rushen comes from the Old English word rush,
which had the same meaning. Thus, bearers of the surname Rushen lived near a marsh, which was noted for its rushes.
Early Origins of the Rushen family
The surname Rushen 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 Rushen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rushen research.Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1756, 1813, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Rushen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rushen Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Rushen include Rush, Rushe and others.
Early Notables of the Rushen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Rush. Dr. Benjamin Rush (December 24, 1745 -April 19, 1813) was a Founding Father of the United States. Rush lived in... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rushen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rushen family to Ireland
Some of the Rushen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rushen family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Rushen or a variant listed above: Clinton Rush settled in Virginia in 1623; George Rush settled in Virginia in 1654; John Rush settled in Virginia in 1642; Anthony, George, James, Jeremiah, John, Patrick, Peter, Thomas and William Rush all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..
Historic Events for the Rushen family
- Mr. Claude Eggleton Rushen (1889-1917), English Leading Seaman aboard the HMS Highflyer from Essex, England, United Kingdom who died in the explosion CITATION[CLOSE]
Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
The Rushen 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.