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

The saga of the name Horseman 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 mounted warrior, rider, groom, or horse-dealer. The surname Horseman is derived from the Old English words hors, which means horse, and mann, which means man or servant.

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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 Horseman were recorded, including Horsman, Horseman and others.

First found in Buckinghamshire 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horseman research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1292, 1536, 1610, 1593, 1597, 1601 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Horseman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horseman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Horseman family emigrate to North America:

Horseman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm. B. Horseman, aged 61, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • C. Horseman, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1896

Horseman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Frederick Horseman, aged 28, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • Mary Horseman, aged 47, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1906
  • Rich Horseman, aged 48, who settled in America from Ireland, in 1906
  • George Horseman, aged 32, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1908
  • Christina Horseman, aged 30, who landed in America from Bradford, England, in 1908

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