Athorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Athorne family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. This name was also given to a person who was employed as a hornblower; in the Middle Ages, workmen were often summoned to work by the blowing of a horn. The surname Athorne may also be a patronym derived from the personal name Horn. It may also be a local name given to someone who lived in one of the settlements of Horne in Rutland, Somerset, or Surrey, or near a bend, spur, or tongue of land.

Another source notes that the name is "a well-known Old English personal name, probably of Norse origin. Aluuin Horne was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086." [1]

Early Origins of the Athorne family

The surname Athorne was first found in Middlesex and Hertfordshire where "Alwin Horne held lands before the making of the Domesday." [2] "The name of Horn or Horne, at present well represented around Wisbech, is also found in Kent. It was also represented in these two counties in the 13th century, as well as in London, Suffolk, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hunts, Northamptonshire, and Wiltshire." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam Honi in Wiltshire; Henry Horn in Northamptonshire; Walter Horn in Oxfordshire; and Roger de Horne in Kent. [4] Over in Somerset, Kirby's Quest listed: William atte Horn and Thomas atte Home, temp 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign. [5]

Further to the north, "John Horn was beaten and evil-treated on the Border, 1279." [1] The "border" referenced was indeed the infamous border between England and Scotland and events such as this may have precipitated King Edward I's intrusion into Scotland a few years later in 1296.

Early History of the Athorne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Athorne research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1400, 1434, 1404, 1406, 1407, 1487, 1540, 1510, 1579, 1560, 1580 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Athorne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Athorne Spelling Variations

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 Athorne were recorded, including Horn, Horne, Athorne, Athorn and others.

Early Notables of the Athorne family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Henry Horne ( fl. 1400-1434), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent in 1404 and Sheriff of Kent (1406-1407); Sir William Whorne, Lord Mayor of London in 1487; Brother William Horne (d. 1540), one of the "Carthusian Martyrs"; and Robert...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Athorne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Athorne family

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 Athorne family emigrate to North America: Henry Horne, who came to Virginia in 1623; John Horne, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the "Winthrop Fleet," Ben Horne, who came to Virginia in 1651.



The Athorne 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: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.


  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.


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