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

The ancient name of Horner finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Horner family name include Horner, Hornere, Horners and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horner research. Another 439 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1817, 1605, 1677, 1645, 1660, 1646, 1707, 1680, 1681, 1680, 1687, 1713, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Horner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 105 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Horner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Horner surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Horner Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Horner settled in Virginia in 1623
  • James and Roger Horner settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Roger Horner, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Horner, who arrived in Maryland in 1649
  • Luke Horner, who arrived in Maryland in 1649-1662


Horner Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Katherine Horner, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Solomon Horner, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • Jacob Horner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Casper Horner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Johann Christian Horner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742


Horner Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Horner, who landed in New York in 1824
  • Henry Horner, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • James W Horner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Charles Horner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Thomas Horner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


Horner Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Johann Horner, aged 2, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Michael Horner, aged 7, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Liberatus Horner, aged 11, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Magdalena Horner, aged 76, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Erasmius Horner, aged 14, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902


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  • James Roy Horner (b. 1953), American composer of orchestral and film music. He won two Academy Awards for his score and song compositions for the film "Titanic" in 1997
  • Staff Sergeant Freeman V Horner, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Chris Horner (b. 1971), American bicyclist for UCI ProTour team Team RadioShack
  • Jack B. Horner (1922-2009), American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • John "Jack" R. Horner (b. 1946), American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura, technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films
  • Jan Horner, Canadian poet whose book "Recent Mistakes" (Turnstone) won the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year Award in 1988
  • Jacqueline Horner, Irish operatic soprano and member of the world famous female vocal quartet "Anonymous 4"
  • Richard L Horner Ph.D., of the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto
  • David Horner Ph.D., AM (b. 1948), Official Historian and Professor of Australian Defence History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University
  • Charles Albert Horner (b. 1936), retired USAF general

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  • The Ancestors, Families and Descendants of George Edward Richardson and His Wife, Eva Horner by Helen Richardson Kluegel.
  • Our Horner Ancestors, William of Fayette County, Pa., Son of Thomas of Baltimore County, Md., Family Genealogy ca. 1700-1973. Allied Lines: Preston-Gilbert-Mitchell-West-Snively-Bumgarner-Swearingen-Moore by Virginia Horner Hinds.
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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: Nitor in adversum
Motto Translation: I contend against adversity.

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

This page was last modified on 22 June 2014 at 20:59.

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