Show ContentsAlchorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Alchorn is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

Early Origins of the Alchorn family

The surname Alchorn was first found in the county of Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Early History of the Alchorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alchorn research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Alchorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Alchorn Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Alchorn has been spelled many different ways, including Alcorn, Alcorne, Aldcorn, Aldcorne, Allcorn, Allcorne, Alchorn, Alchorne, Auldcorn, Auldcorne, Elcorn, Elcorne, Elchorne, Euldcorn, Euldchorne, Haldcorn, Halcorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Alchorn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Alchorn family to Ireland

Some of the Alchorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Alchorn migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Alchorns to arrive in North America:

Alchorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Alchorn, who was on record in Philadelphia in 1811
  • Michael Alchorn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Michael Alchorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]

West Indies Alchorn migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [2]
Alchorn Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • John Alchorn, a child apprentice sent to Barbados in 1750

  1. 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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