Rushton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rushton family

The surname Rushton was first found in Northamptonshire at Rushton, a small village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Risetone. The reference lists that it comprised three very small settlements: Barford, which had only seven inhabitants; Glendon, home of Glendon Hall and had fourteen inhabitants; and finally Rushton St. Peter, which included Rushton Hall and Rushton All Saints with a population of forty-five. Rushton Hall has gone through many changes since the first record but today is a luxury hotel. This was the ancestral home of the Tresham family from 1438. The place name Rushton is generally believed to mean "farmstead where rushes grow" from the Old English words rysc + tun. [1] Rushton is also a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West. However, this village is rather recent as the first recorded population statistic was in the 1881 census. Finally Rushton Spencer is located in Staffordshire an early possession of the Spencer family.

Early History of the Rushton family

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Rushton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rushton, Ruxton and others.

Early Notables of the Rushton family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Rushton family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rushton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Rushton, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • Ellen Rushton and her husband who settled in Maryland in 1699
Rushton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Rushton, who landed in South Carolina in 1775 [2]
Rushton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Rushton, who arrived in America in 1805 [2]
  • James, John, Joseph, and William Rushton all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860

Canada Rushton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rushton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Rushton U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]

Australia Rushton migration to Australia +

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

Rushton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Rushton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [4]
  • Matthew Rushton, aged 28, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"

Contemporary Notables of the name Rushton (post 1700) +

  • Joe Rushton (1907-1964), American jazz saxophonist
  • Jared Michael Rushton (b. 1974), American musician and former two-time Saturn Award nominated actor
  • William A H Rushton (1901-1980), American professor of Physiology at Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Marion Rushton, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Alabama, 1939-47 [5]
  • M. W. Rushton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1908 [5]
  • Jody Rushton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2012 [5]
  • Jacqueline Rushton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 [5]
  • Herbert J. Rushton (1877-1947), American Republican politician, Delta County Prosecuting Attorney, 1915-16; Member of Michigan State Senate 30th District, 1927-32 [5]
  • Frederick C. Rushton, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 2007; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [5]
  • Emily S. Rushton, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 2008 [5]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Joseph Albert Rushton, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Rushton, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. George Rushton, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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