An English surname, Hurst comes from the Latin term ‘hyrst’ which refers to people living near hills or water ways. The spelling variations for Hurst include Herst, Hearst and Hirst In England most Hurst families started in Yorkshire. From there many families lived in Northumberland, then Warwickshire, Kent, Somerset and Berkshire. In Scotland the counties of Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Ayrshire and Angus have the higher percentage of Hurst population. Within the United States the Hurst family name originated in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and California. Famous: Fannie Hurst (novelist), Tim Hurst (professional baseball player), Alan G. Hurst (champion cricket player of Australia), Michael Hurst (movie director, writer and actor), Pat Hurst (professional golfer), William Randolph Hurst (major newspaper publisher), Paul Hurst (footballer from England) and Lee Hurst (English comic).