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Hurst Family History

Hurst Surname Meaning

English (Lancashire): topographic name for someone who lived near a wood or wooded hill from Middle English hirst(e) herst(e) hurst(e) (Old English hyrst) or a habitational name from any of the places so called such as Hurst Green (in Mitton Lancashire) Hirst (Northumberland) Hurst (Berkshire Kent Warwickshire) Hurstpierpoint (Sussex) or Hirst in Longwood (Yorkshire). Irish: re-Anglicized form of de Horsaigh the Gaelicized form of the English habitational name Horsey established in Ireland since the 13th century. German and Swiss German (also Hürst): topographic name from Middle High German hurst ‘woodland thicket’; or a habitational name from a place so named in Westphalia. Americanized form of German Horst or of some other similar (like-sounding) German surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Horst, Hirst, Hulst, Durst, Hulse, Furst, Hurt, Hust, Furse, Wurst

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Where is the Hurst family from?

You can see how Hurst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hurst family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hurst families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 440 Hurst families living in Ontario. This was about 65% of all the recorded Hurst's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hurst families in 1911.
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What did your Hurst ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hurst. 31% of Hurst men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Hurst women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hurst were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 343,000 census records available for the last name Hurst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hurst census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Hurst. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 52,000 military records available for the last name Hurst. For the veterans among your Hurst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hurst lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hurst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hurst in 1941 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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