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Where did the English Rushing family come from? What is the English Rushing family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rushing family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rushing family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rushing research. Another 247 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1745, 1756, 1813, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Rushing History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 58 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rushing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Rushing 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.


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..


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  • Jane Gilmore Rushing (b. 1925), Texan novelist and journalist


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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.


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The Rushing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rushing Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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