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

The name Alcorn is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

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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. Alcorn 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.

First found in the county of Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alcorn research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Alcorn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Alcorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Alcorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Alcorns to arrive in North America:

Alcorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Alcorn, who settled in New York State in 1804
  • Mr. Alcorn, who landed in America in 1806
  • John Alcorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Joseph Alcorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Robert Alcorn, who landed in New York, NY in 1812


Alcorn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Wm Alcorn, who arrived in Canada in 1834

Alcorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Alcorn, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

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  • Zachary "Zac" McKensie Alcorn (b. 1980), American NFL football player
  • Susan Alcorn (b. 1953), American musician
  • John Alcorn (1935-1992), American artist
  • Jenifer Lynn Alcorn (b. 1970), American undefeated WIBA, IWBF, and IBA World Champion female professional boxer
  • James Lusk Alcorn (1816-1894), Governor of Mississippi and U.S. Senator
  • George Edward Alcorn Jr. (b. 1940), American physicist
  • Gary Alcorn (1936-2006), American NBA basketball player
  • James Lusk Alcorn (1816-1894), prominent American political figure in Mississippi during the 19th century, eponym of Alcorn County, Mississippi and Alcorn State University
  • Steve Alcorn (b. 1956), electronics engineer and inventor, co-founder of MicroDaSys
  • Meade Alcorn (1907-1992), former chairman of the Republican National Committee

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

This page was last modified on 12 December 2013 at 23:21.

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