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Hurst Family History

Hurst Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on a wooded hill, Old English hyrst, or habitational name from one of the various places named with this word, for example Hurst in Berkshire, Kent, Somerset, and Warwickshire, or Hirst in Northumberland and West Yorkshire. Irish: re-Anglicized form of de Horsaigh, Gaelicized form of the English habitational name Horsey, established in Ireland since the 13th century. German: topographic name from Middle High German hurst ‘woodland’, ‘thicket’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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 the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 53 Hurst families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 13% of all the recorded Hurst's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hurst families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hurst surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hurst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hurst. 18% of Hurst men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Hurst women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hurst were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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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 the USA, 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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