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Rush name meaning

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
40k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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What does the name Rush mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Rush

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English
70%
Hebrew
10%
Irish
10%
Indian (Sanskrit)
10%

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rush
Senses
  1. [Bot] A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species of Juncus and Scirpus.
  2. The merest trifle; a straw."John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush." [Arbuthnot.]

Note: ☞ Some species are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting mats, and the pith is used in some places for wicks to lamps and rushlights.

Etymology: OE. rusche rische resche, AS. risce, akin to LG. rusk risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum butcher's broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr

verb Rush
Senses
  1. To move forward with impetuosity, violence, and tumultuous rapidity or haste; as, armies rush to battle; waters rush down a precipice."Like to an entered tide, they all rush by." [Shak.]
  2. To enter into something with undue haste and eagerness, or without due deliberation and preparation; as, to rush business or speculation."They . . . never think it to be a part of religion to rush into the office of princes and ministers." [Sprat.]

Etymology: OE. ruschen; cf. AS. hryscan to make a noise, D. ruischen to rustle, G. rauschen, MHG. rūschen to rush, to rustle, LG. rusken, OSw. ruska, Icel. & Sw. ruska to shake, Dan. ruske to shake, and E. rouse

verb Rush
Senses
  1. To push or urge forward with impetuosity or violence; to hurry forward.
  2. To recite (a lesson) or pass (an examination) without an error.(College Cant, U.S)
noun Rush
Senses
  1. A moving forward with rapidity and force or eagerness; a violent motion or course; as, a rush of troops; a rush of winds; a rush of water."A gentleman of his train spurred up his horse, and, with a violent rush, severed him from the duke." [Sir H. Wotton.]
  2. Great activity with pressure; as, a rush of business.(Colloq)
  3. A perfect recitation.(College Cant, U.S)
  4. [Football]
    1. A rusher; as, the center rush, whose place is in the center of the rush line; the end rush .
    2. The act of running with the ball.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  2. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line ("the linebackers were ready to stop a rush")
  3. A sudden burst of activity ("come back after the rush")
  4. A sudden forceful flow
  5. The swift release of a store of affective force ("he got a quick rush from injecting heroin")
  6. Physician and American Revolutionary leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813)
  7. Grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems
  8. Urge to an unnatural speed ("Don't rush me, please!")
  9. Act or move at high speed ("We have to rush!")
  10. Attack suddenly
  11. Cause to occur rapidly
  12. Move hurridly ("He rushed down the hall to receive his guests")
  13. Cause to move fast or to rush or race
  14. Run with the ball, in football
  15. Done under pressure ("a rush job")
  16. Not accepting reservations
Wiktionary

From Middle English rusch, risch, from Old English rysc, risc, from Proto-Germanic *ruskijō (compare West Frisian risk, Dutch rus (“bulrush”), dialectal Norwegian ryskje (“hair-grass”)), from Proto-Indo-European *resg- ‘to plait, wattle’ (compare Irish rusg (“bark”), Latin restis (“rope”), Latvian režģis ‘basketwork’, Albanian rrush (“grapes”), Serbo-Croatian rògoz (“reed”), Ancient Greek ἄρριχος (árrhikhos, “basket”), Persian رغزه (raɣza, “woollen cloth”)).

  1. Any of several stiff plants of the genus Juncus, or the family Juncaceae, having hollow or pithy stems and small flowers, and often growing in marshes or near water.
  2. The stem of such plants used in making baskets, mats, the seats of chairs, etc.
  3. The merest trifle; a straw.

Perhaps from Middle English ruschen, russchen (“to rush, startle”), from Old English hryscan, hrȳscan (“to jolt, startle”), from Proto-Germanic *hurskijaną (“to startle, drive”), from *hurskaz (“fast, rapid, quick”), from Proto-Indo-European *kors- (“to run, hurry”). Cognate with Old High German hurscan (“to speed, accelerate”), Old English horsc (“quick, quick-witted, clever”). More at hurry.

  1. A sudden forward motion.
  2. A surge.
    A of business can be difficult to handle effectively for its unexpected volume.
  3. General haste.
    Many errors were made in the to finish.
  4. A rapid, noisy flow.
    a of water;  a of footsteps
  5. (military) A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  6. (contact sports) The act of running at another player to block or disrupt play.
    a on the quarterback
  7. (American football, dated) A rusher; a lineman.
    the center , whose place is in the center of the rush line
  8. A sudden, brief exhilaration, for instance the pleasurable sensation produced by a stimulant.
    The rollercoaster gave me a .
  9. (US, figuratively) A regulated period of recruitment in fraternities and sororities.
    week
  10. (US, dated, college slang) A perfect recitation.
  11. (croquet) A roquet in which the object ball is sent to a particular location on the lawn.
etymology note

An alternative etymology traces rush via Middle English rouschen (“to rush”) from Old English *rūscian (“to rush”) from Proto-Germanic *rūskōną (“to rush, storm, be fierce, be cruel”), a variant (with formative k) of Proto-Germanic *rūsōną (“to be cruel, storm, rush”) from Proto-Indo-European *(o)rewə- (“to drive, move, agitate”), making it akin to Old High German rosc, rosci (“quick”), Middle Low German rūschen (“to rush”), Middle High German rūschen, riuschen (“to rush”) (German rauschen (“to rush”)), North Frisian ruse (“to rush”), Middle Dutch ruuscen (“to make haste”), Middle Dutch rūsen (“to rush”) (Dutch ruisen (“to rush”)), Danish ruse (“to rush”), Swedish rusa (“to rush”). Compare Middle High German rūsch (“a charge, rush”). Influenced by Middle English russhen (“to force back”) from Anglo-Norman russher, russer from Old French ruser, rëuser.

Alternatively, according to the OED, perhaps an adaptation of Anglo-Norman russher, russer (“to force back, down, out of place, by violent impact", "to pull out or drag off violently or hastily”), from Old French re(h)usser, ruser (although the connection of the forms with single -s- and double -ss- is dubious; also adopted in English ruse; French ruser (“to retreat, drive back”)), from an assumed Vulgar Latin *refusō and Latin refundō (“I cause to flow back”), although connection to the same Germanic root is also possible. More at rouse.

  1. A sudden forward motion.
  2. A surge.
    A of business can be difficult to handle effectively for its unexpected volume.
  3. General haste.
    Many errors were made in the to finish.
  4. A rapid, noisy flow.
    a of water;  a of footsteps
  5. (military) A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  6. (contact sports) The act of running at another player to block or disrupt play.
    a on the quarterback
  7. (American football, dated) A rusher; a lineman.
    the center , whose place is in the center of the rush line
  8. A sudden, brief exhilaration, for instance the pleasurable sensation produced by a stimulant.
    The rollercoaster gave me a .
  9. (US, figuratively) A regulated period of recruitment in fraternities and sororities.
    week
  10. (US, dated, college slang) A perfect recitation.
  11. (croquet) A roquet in which the object ball is sent to a particular location on the lawn.

    Notable Persons Named Rush

    Notable Persons Named Rush

    Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Limbaugh is a radio host, political commentator, author, television host, and television host (former). His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Rush was given the name Rush Hudson Limbaugh III on January 12th, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S.

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    Rush

    Rush was born on September 29th, 1988 in Tala, Jalisco. Rush is also known as Muñoz and William; Latino; Rouge.

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    Rush Propst

    Rush was born in 1958 in Ohatchee, Alabama.

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    Rush Holt

    Rush Holt is an office holder. Rush was born on October 15th, 1948 in Weston, West Virginia.

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    Rush Sturges

    Rush was born on February 14th, 1985.

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    Rush Hawkins

    His military service ended in 1846. Rush was born on September 14th, 1831 in Pomfret, Vermont. He died on October 25th, 1920.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rush

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rush

    Geoffrey Rush

    Geoffrey Rush is an actor and film producer. He was most active from 1971 to present. Geoffrey was given the name Geoffrey Roy Rush on July 6th, 1951 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Geoffrey is also known as Geoff Rush.

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    Odeya Rush

    Odeya Rush is an actress. She was most prominent from 2010 to present. Odeya was born on May 12th, 1997 in Haifa. Odeya is also known as אודיה.

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    Ian Rush

    Ian Rush is a soccer player for the Chester City F.C., Liverpool F.C., Juventus F.C., Leeds United F.C., Newcastle United F.C., Sheffield United F.C., Wrexham F.C., Sydney Olympic FC, and Wales national football team. Ian was born on October 20th, 1961 in St Asaph.

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    Courtney Rush

    Courtney was born on November 29th, 1983 in Winnipeg.

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    Benjamin Rush

    Benjamin Rush was a physician, writer, and educator. Benjamin was born on January 4th, 1746 in Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, US. He left this life on April 19th, 1813.

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    Jennifer Rush

    Jennifer Rush is a pop music and dance-rock musician. She was most active from 1979 to present. Jennifer was given the name Heidi Stern on September 28th, 1960.

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    • Barbara Rush
    • Brandon Rush
      Basketball Player
    • Bobby Rush
      African-american Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)
    • Otis Rush
      Musician
    • Lio Rush
    • Merrilee Rush
    • Kareem Rush
      Basketball Player
    • Richard Rush
      8th United States Secretary of the Treasury
    • David Kenneth Rush
      United States Deputy Secretary of State
    • Eric Rush
      Rugby Player
    • Xavier Rush
      Rugby Player
    • DJ Rush
      Dj
    • Olive Rush
      Artist
    • Travis Rush
      Singing

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Rush U.S.
      White 74.04% 64.26%
      African American 20.81% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.86% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Rush

    People with the last name Rush are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Rush

  1. What name lists does Rush rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Rush? Rush is the 5,792nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rush was the 869th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Rush have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,684 babies born with the first name Rush in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rush to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Rush? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  5. When was Rush first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rush is Thursday, February 29th, 1872.
  6. What year had the most people named Rush born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rush was in 2017 with a total of 84 babies.
  7. Random Rush Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rush is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name in 1927.
  8. Weird things about the name Rush: The name spelled backwards is Hsur. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hrsu. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Rush? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 39,802 people with the last name Rush.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rush? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Rush as their last name.
  11. Rush name meaning

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