Show ContentsHartshorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hartshorn first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the parish of Hartshorne, in the diocese of Lichfield and the county of Derbyshire. "This manor, called in Domesday Book Heorteshorne, then belonged to the family of Ferrers. " [1] The place name literally means "hill thought to resemble a hart's horn," from the Old English "herot" + "horn." [2]

Another source explores the name in more practical terms, "the horn of the hart or male deer; an emblem or sign over a shop or inn, whence the name, 'Will at the Hartshorn.' " [3]

Early Origins of the Hartshorn family

The surname Hartshorn was first found in Derbyshire, where the source "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I." listed: Henry de Hertishorn; and Richard de Hertishorn (Henry III-Edward. I.) ([4]

Early History of the Hartshorn family

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Hartshorn Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Hartshorn has appeared include Hartshorn, Hartshorne, Hertshorne, Hertshorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Hartshorn family (pre 1700)

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Hartshorn Ranking

In the United States, the name Hartshorn is the 8,829th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

United States Hartshorn migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Hartshorn arrived in North America very early:

Hartshorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hartshorn, who landed in Reading, Massachusetts in 1648 [6]
Hartshorn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susannah Hartshorn, who sailed to America in 1744
Hartshorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles W Hartshorn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849 [6]
  • William Hartshorn, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1852
  • B. G. Hartshorn, who settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • B Hartshorn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1865 [6]
  • Levi Hartshorn, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

Canada Hartshorn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hartshorn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Davidson Hartshorn U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]

Australia Hartshorn migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hartshorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Hartshorn, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [8]
  • Emma Hartshorn, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [8]

New Zealand Hartshorn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hartshorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hartshorn, aged 30, a blacksmith, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Camperdown" in 1876
  • Mary E. Hartshorn, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Camperdown" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Hartshorn (post 1700) +

  • Michael Philip Hartshorn, British and New Zealand university science professor, who won the Hector Medal in physical science in 1973
  • Vernon Hartshorn (1872-1931), British Politician, member of Parliament
  • George Hartshorn Hodges (1866-1947), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Olathe, Kansas; Member of Kansas State Senate, 1905; Governor of Kansas, 1913-15; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1920; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1920 [9]
  • William Hartshorn Bonsall (1846-1905), American politician, acting mayor of Los Angeles (1892)

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
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  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EPAMINONDAS 1852. Retrieved
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook