Rushing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancestors of the Rushing surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near a clump of rushes. The surname Rushing comes from the Old English word rush, which had the same meaning. Thus, bearers of the surname Rushing lived near a marsh, which was noted for its rushes.
Early Origins of the Rushing family
The surname Rushing 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 Rushing family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rushing 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 Rushing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Rushing Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rushing include Rush, Rushe and others.
Early Notables of the Rushing 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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In the United States, the name Rushing is the 1,488th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. 
Migration of the Rushing family to Ireland
Some of the Rushing family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rushing family
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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..
Contemporary Notables of the name Rushing (post 1700) +
- John Rushing (1972-2020), American college and professional football assistant coach, born and raised in Merced, California
- Jane Gilmore Rushing (b. 1925), Texan novelist and journalist
- Marion Rushing (1936-2013), American professional NFL football player
- Terrall Brent "T. J." Rushing (b. 1983), free agent American football cornerback who has played for the CFL and NFL
- Jerry Elijah Rushing (b. 1937), American best known for his years as a bootlegger or "moonrunner" (moonshine runner), inspiration for the character Bo Duke in the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard
- James Andrew Rushing (1901-1972), American blues shouter and swing jazz singer
- Roy W. Rushing, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 13 aerial victories
- Robert G. Rushing, American politician, American Independent Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 66th District, 1976 
- Mrs. Paul Rushing, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1936 
- Kelsey Rushing, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 2008 
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The Rushing 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 Rushing +
- Russ Family Genealogy By Herbert M. Russ.
- The Johannes Russ Family in Germany and America and their Contemporaries, the Mellenthins, 1837-1985 by Ruth Clara Binkley Arthurs.