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Where did the English Horton family come from? What is the English Horton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Horton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Horton family history?

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Horton come from when the family resided in one of the many places called Horton; settlements of this name are particularly common in Yorkshire. The surname Horton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Horton has been recorded under many different variations, including Horton, Horten and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horton research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1296 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Horton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Horton or a variant listed above:

Horton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Barnabas Horton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Isaac Horton settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Isaac Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Barth Horton settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Barth Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

Horton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richd Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • George Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliz Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • John Horton, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • Nathan Horton, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Horton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Horton, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Horton, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1835
  • Daniel Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1838
  • Mathias Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Thomas Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850


  • Edward Everett Horton (1886-1970), American film and television actor who appeared in more than 120 films, in addition to a body of work on TV
  • Lester Horton (1906-1953), American dancer, choreographer, and teacher
  • Jonathan Alan Horton (b. 1985), American eleven-time gold and silver, twelve-time medalist gymnast
  • Ricky Neal Horton (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball oitcher who played from 1984 to 1990
  • Robert Elmer Horton (1875-1945), American ecologist and soil scientist
  • Aaron Horton (b. 1992), American soccer player
  • Martin Horton (1936-2011), English cricketer
  • Brian Horton (b. 1949), English former footballer and manager
  • Thomas Alfred Horton MBE (b. 1941), English professional golfer
  • Sir Robert Horton, British Chancellor of the University of Kent from 1990-1995



  • Descendants of David Horton of North Carolina by Reta M. Evans.
  • Descendants of Thomas Horton of Springfield; and Including Some Descendants of Phineas Pratt by Carl W. Fischer.

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The Horton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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