The name Horace is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes from the name Rabin
which are pet forms of the personal name Robert.
The name is preceded the Old English prefix har,
which means gray.
Hence, the surname Horace literally means gray Rabin
or gray Robin.
Early Origins of the Horace family
The surname Horace was first found in Lancashire
, where the family held a family seat
in early times.
Early History of the Horace family
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Horace Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Horace has undergone many spelling variations
, including Horrobin, Horrabin, Horobin, Horabin, Harrobin, Harrabin, Harobin, Harbin, Harbine, Harbyn, Harbynn, Horbyn and many more.
Early Notables of the Horace family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horace family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Horace were among those contributors:
Horace Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Horace, who arrived in America in 1810 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Horace Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Barbara Horace, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
- James Horace, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jane" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JANE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Jane.gif
Contemporary Notables of the name Horace (post 1700)
- George Horace Gallup (1901-1984), American pioneer of survey sampling techniques and inventor of the Gallup poll
- James Horace Lockwood (1888-1972), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Shipley (1930-1935)
- Arthur Horace James (1883-1973), American politician, Governor of Pennsylvania from 1939-1943
- Melvin Horace Purvis Jr. (1903-1960), American Democrat politician, FBI agent; Involved in the capture or killing of outlaws in the 1930s, including John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd
- Charles Horace Holmes (1827-1874), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1870-71 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Charles Horace Cullers (1885-1965), American Democrat politician, Physician; Chair of Grundy County Democratic Party, 1939-49; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1940 (alternate), 1944 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John Horace Dickey (1914-1996), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Halifax (1947-1957)
- Charles Horace Upton (1812-1877), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1861-1862)
- Terrence Horace Evans (1934-2015), American film and stage actor, known for his roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
- Brian Horace Clemens OBE (1931-2015), English screenwriter and television producer, best known for his work on The Avengers and The Professionals