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The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Horton come from when the family resided in one of the many places called Horton; settlements of this name are particularly common in Yorkshire
. The surname Horton belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
The surname Horton was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire
at Thornton, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Bradford, wapentake
of Morley. "Thornton Hall, the property of the Horton family, an ancient quadrangular structure of great size, and formerly of considerable importance, is now occupied as farm-buildings and cottages." 
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Horton has been recorded under many different variations, including Horton, Horten and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horton research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1296 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Horton History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Horton or a variant listed above:
Horton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Barnabas Horton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
- Isaac Horton settled in Virginia in 1636
- Isaac Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
- Barth Horton settled in Virginia in 1638
- Barth Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
Horton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richd Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
- George Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
- Eliz Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- John Horton, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
- Nathan Horton, who landed in Mississippi in 1798
Horton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Horton, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
- Joseph Horton, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1835
- Daniel Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1838
- Mathias Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
- Thomas Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
Horton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jane Horton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Isaiah Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
- Esaias Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
- Stoatly Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
- Mr. James Horton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 29 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York
Horton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Horton, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- W.P. Horton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Arab" in 1843
- Edward Horton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
- Fred Horton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
- Amelia Horton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
Horton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Horton, aged 32, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
- Phoebe Horton, aged 18, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
- Richard Horton, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Lucy Horton, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Henry Horton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
- Robert Horton (1924-2016), American television actor, known for Wagon Train (1957), As the World Turns (1956) and A Man Called Shenandoah (1965)
- Aaron Horton (b. 1992), American soccer player
- Robert Elmer Horton (1875-1945), American ecologist and soil scientist
- Ricky Neal Horton (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1990
- Jonathan Alan Horton (b. 1985), American eleven-time gold and silver, twelve-time medalist gymnast
- Lester Horton (1906-1953), American dancer, choreographer, and teacher
- Edward Everett Horton (1886-1970), American film and television actor who appeared in more than 120 films, in addition to a body of work on TV
- Mrs. Elizabeth Horton (d. 1915), English 2nd Class passenger from Sheffield, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- Thomas Alfred Horton MBE (b. 1941), English professional golfer
- Brian Horton (b. 1949), English former footballer and manager
- Descendants of David Horton of North Carolina by Reta M. Evans.
- Descendants of Thomas Horton of Springfield; and Including Some Descendants of Phineas Pratt by Carl W. Fischer.
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The Horton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horton 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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