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

The origins of the Alcorne name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

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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 Alcorne were recorded, 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 Alcorne research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Alcorne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Alcorne 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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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 Alcorne family emigrate to North America:

Alcorne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Alcorne, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Alcorne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jno Alcorne, who arrived in Virginia in 1715

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