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Where did the English Horrocks family come from? What is the English Horrocks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Horrocks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Horrocks family history?The saga of the name Horrocks follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a shipwright or a sailor. The surname Horrocks is derived from the Old English word horrok, which means part of a ship. Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Horrocks were recorded, including Horrocks, Horrock, Horrox, Horrocksford, Horrex and others.
First found in Lancashire 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 Horrocks research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1619 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Horrocks History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horrocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Horrocks family emigrate to North America:
Horrocks Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Horrocks settled in Virginia in 1635
- Tho Horrocks, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
Horrocks Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- James Horrocks, who landed in Virginia in 1761
Horrocks Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Horrocks, aged 35, arrived in Ohio in 1812
- George, Henry, John, Thomas, William Willoughby, Wright Horrocks, arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860
- John Horrocks, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865
- George, Henry, John, Jonathon, Thomas, Willoughby, Wright, and William Horrocks all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1850 and 1870
- Thomas Horrocks, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873
Horrocks Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur Horrocks, aged 4, who landed in America from Bolton, England, in 1907
- Annie Horrocks, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from North Shields, England, in 1914
- David Horrocks, aged 42, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1919
- Alice Horrocks, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1921
- Allan Horrocks, aged 15, who settled in America from Darwen, England, in 1921
- Chris Horrocks (b. 1954), former Canadian international and North American Soccer League player
- Chris Horrocks (b. 1954), former Canadian international and North American Soccer League defender
- Barbara Jane Horrocks (b. 1964), English stage, screen and television actress, voice artist, musician, and singer
- Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641), English astronomer
- Victor Horrocks (1884-1922), English footballer
- Mark Horrocks (b. 1977), former English cricketer
- Amy Elsie Horrocks (1867-1920), English music educator, composer and pianist
- Lt. General Sir Brian Gwynne Horrocks KCB, KBE, DSO, MC (1895-1985), British military officer chiefly remembered as the commander of XXX Corps in Operation Market Garden and other operations during World War II
- Ian Horrocks Ph.D., British Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester
- Norman Horrocks Ph.D., Canadian Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006
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 Translation: By hope.
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The Horrocks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horrocks 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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