Home History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich saga of the Home family begins in ancient Scotland among the clans of the Boernician tribe. They lived in Berwickshire. They held the barony of Home from very early times and possibly predate the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Home family is part of a noble lineage descending from the Earls of Dunbar, and the family of the Earl of Northumberland, the great Gospatrick, a descendent of the Kings of Bernicia. They first appear in the records in 1268, when William of Home appeared on a charter. They next appear (as so many of the prominent Scottish families do) in 1296, when Geffrai de Home of Lanarkshire swore an oath of allegiance (in the Ragman Rolls) to King Edward I of England after that king's brief conquest of Scotland.

Early Origins of the Home family

The surname Home was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland. They held the barony of Home from very early times, and possibly predate the Norman Conquest in 1066. There were many branches of the Home family including the Homes of Cowdenknowes, the Homes of Wedderburn, the Homes of Manderston, the Homes of Renton, the Homes of Kames, and the Homes of Blackadder.

Early History of the Home family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Home research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1468, 1506, 1560, 1609, 1569, 1645, 1604, 1648, 1671, 1698, 1641, 1724, 1696, 1702, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Home History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Home Spelling Variations

In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations of Home include Humes, Hum, Humme, Humm, Homes and others.

Early Notables of the Home family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home (c.1468-1506), a Scottish nobleman and soldier, Lord Chamberlain of Scotland and Warden of the Eastern March; Alexander Hume (c.1560-c.1609), Scottish poet; Tobias Hume (c.1569-1645), a Scottish composer, viol player and soldier; George Home, created Baron Hume of Berwick in 1604, Lord Treasurer...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Home Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Home family to Ireland

Some of the Home family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Home migration to the United States +

In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Homes to arrive on North American shores:

Home Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Home, who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • John Home, who settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Richard Home, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Henry Home, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [1]
  • John Home, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Home Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Catherine Home, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Solomon Home, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • James Home, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702 [1]
  • Johan Home, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [1]
  • Caspar Home, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Home Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon Home, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Charles J Home, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1830 [1]
  • William Home, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • William and Robert Home, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1837 and 1868 respectively
  • John I Home, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Home Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Home, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Australia Home migration to Australia +

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

Home Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Home, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Olivia" [2]
  • Elizabeth Home, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald" [3]

New Zealand Home 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:

Home Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Isaac Home, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lizzie Southard" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 24th June 1865 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Home (post 1700) +

  • David Alexander Cospatrick Douglas- Home (b. 1943), 15th Earl of Home, Scottish peer
  • Charles Cospatrick Archibald Douglas- Home (1873-1951), 13th Earl of Home, Scottish peer, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire (1930-1951)
  • Charles Alexander Douglas- Home (1834-1918), 12th Earl of Home, Scottish peer, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire (1879-1880), Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire (1890-1915)
  • Cospatrick Alexander Home (1799-1881), 11th Earl of Home, Scottish peer, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1828-1830)
  • Alexander Home (1769-1841), 10th Earl of Home, Scottish peer
  • Alexander Home (b. 1786), 9th Earl of Home, Scottish peer
  • Daniel Dunglas Home (1833-1886), Scottish physical medium with the reported ability to levitate to a variety of heights
  • John Home (1722-1808), Scottish poet and dramatist
  • Lieutenant General William William Home (1681-1761), 8th Earl of Home British Governor of Gibraltar (1757-1761)
  • Hon. William Douglas Home, Scottish dramatic author, Edinburgh
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Home, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Thomas Home, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Welland, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [6]


  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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 15 November 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Olivia 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/olivia1853.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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