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

The name Horne is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. This name was also given to a person who was employed as a hornblower; in the Middle Ages, workmen were often summoned to work by the blowing of a horn. The surname Horne may also be a patronym derived from the personal name Horn. It may also be a local name given to someone who lived in one of the settlements of Horne in Rutland, Somerset, or Surrey, or near a bend, spur, or tongue of land.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Horne include Horn, Horne, Athorne, Athorn and others.

First found in Durham 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 Horne research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1400, 1434, 1404, 1406, 1407, 1487, 1540, 1510, 1579, 1560, 1580 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Horne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 175 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Horne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Horne, who came to Virginia in 1623
  • John Horne, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the "Winthrop Fleet"
  • Ben Horne, who came to Virginia in 1651
  • Ben Horne, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • George Horne, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Horne Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Andreuss Horne, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732


  • Lena Calhoun Horne (1917-2010), American four-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer
  • Marilyn Horne (b. 1934), American mezzo-soprano opera singer
  • Randy Van Horne (1924-2007), American singer and musician
  • Robert Van Horne (b. 1948), American pianist, composer, and concert pianist
  • Joseph Horne (1826-1892), American founder of the Joseph Horne Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1849, active until 1994
  • Thomas Charles "Tom" Horne (b. 1945), American politician, 25th Arizona Attorney General (2011-)
  • James Wesley Horne (1881-1942), American actor, screenwriter and film director, known for his work with Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Our Gang
  • William Phinazee Horne (b. 1952), American classical composer
  • General Henry Sinclair Horne GCB, KCMG (1861-1929), 1st Baron Horne of Stirkoke, English military officer in the British Army, known for his leadership during World War I
  • Richard Henry Horne (1802-1884), English author and critic most famous for his poem Orion



  • The Hornes: An American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley.
  • The Horne Family of Bloomingdale Road by Philip Field Horne.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.



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