Horrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Horrie family

The surname Horrie was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire.

One of the first records of the name was Adam Urri who appears as burgess of Irvine in 1260 and Huwe Urry of Ayrshire who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in his brief intrusion into Scotland in 1296. Reginald Urry held land in Irvine in 1323 and William Urri resigned the lands of Fulton in 1409.

Another branch of the family was found in the Fetteresso parish, Kincardineshire and for the most part, these names included "de" denoting "of." Hugh de Urre swore fealty at St. John of Perth and later with a different spelling as Hugh Uny at Forfar, 1296. [1] This latter entry is presumably another person rendering homage to King Edward I.

Early History of the Horrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horrie research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1279, 1302, 1273, 1366, 1387, 1650, 1677, 1666, 1715, 1650, 1778, 1857, 1619 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Horrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horrie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Urie, Ure, Urey and others.

Early Notables of the Horrie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir John Urry (or Hurry) (died 1650), a Scottish professional soldier; and his brother, Sir William Urry (died 1677), a Scottish Royalist officer during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, he joined Charles II in exile during the Interregnum; and his son, John Urry (1666-1715), an Irish-born, Scottish noted literary editor and medieval scholar. Isaac Ewer, Ewers or Ewres (died c.1650), was an English soldier probably born in...
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Horrie migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Horrie, aged 36, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Horrie (post 1700) +

  • Chris Horrie, British investigative journalist and writer
  • Horrie Clover (1895-1984), Australian rules footballer
  • Horrie G. Drane (b. 1881), Australian rules footballer


The Horrie Motto +

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: Sans tache
Motto Translation: Without stain.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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