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Where did the English Alcorn family come from? When did the Alcorn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alcorn family history?

The ancestors of the name Alcorn date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

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Alcorn has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Alcorn, Alcorne, Aldcorn, Aldcorne, Allcorn, Allcorne, Alchorn, Alchorne, Auldcorn, Auldcorne, Elcorn, Elcorne, Elchorne, Euldcorn, Euldchorne, Haldcorn, Halcorn and many more.

First found in the county of Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alcorn research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Alcorn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Alcorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Alcorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Alcorns to arrive on North American shores:

Alcorn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Alcorn, who settled in New York State in 1804
  • Mr. Alcorn, who landed in America in 1806
  • John Alcorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Joseph Alcorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Robert Alcorn, who landed in New York, NY in 1812


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  • James Lusk Alcorn (1816-1894), prominent American political figure in Mississippi during the 19th century, eponym of Alcorn County, Mississippi and Alcorn State University
  • Gary Alcorn (1936-2006), American NBA basketball player
  • George Edward Alcorn Jr. (b. 1940), American physicist
  • James Lusk Alcorn (1816-1894), Governor of Mississippi and U.S. Senator
  • Jenifer Lynn Alcorn (b. 1970), American undefeated WIBA, IWBF, and IBA World Champion female professional boxer
  • John Alcorn (1935-1992), American artist
  • Susan Alcorn (b. 1953), American musician
  • Zachary "Zac" McKensie Alcorn (b. 1980), American NFL football player
  • Hugh Meade Alcorn, Lawyer and Politician, Vice President and Director, First National Bank of Suffield
  • Michael Alcorn, current Director of the School of Music and Sonic Arts at Queen's University, Belfast

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