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

The ancestors of the name Elchorne date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Elchorne family lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Elchorne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Elchorne include: 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 Elchorne research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Elchorne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Elchorne 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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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Elchorne or a variant listed above: John Alchorn, a child apprentice sent to Barbados in 1750; James Alcorn, who settled in New York State in 1804; and Michael Alchorn, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1811..

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The Elchorne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elchorne 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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