The English surname Hurst is a topographic name for someone who lived on a wooded hill, from the Old English term hyrst The name may also be an 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. The first recorded reference to the name is Thomas de Herst who is recorded in The Domesday Book in 1086. Walter del Hurst is registered in the Pipe Rolls of Buckinghamshire in 1236. Tobias Hurst was one of the earliest emigrants to the the American colonies of New England where he is recorded as living in "Elizabeth Cittie", Virginia, in early 1624.
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