Horberay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Horberay date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Horberay family lived in the settlement of Horbury in the West Riding of Yorkshire. "This place is of ancient date, having been known previous to the Domesday survey." [1] At that time, it was known as Horberie and literally meant "stronghold on muddy land," from the Old English words "horu" + burh." [2]

Early Origins of the Horberay family

The surname Horberay was first found in Yorkshire, where Jordan de Hordbir was the first found in the Assize Rolls of 1204. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had only one entry for the family: John de Horbiry, Yorkshire. The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III. had two entries: John de Horbiry, Bedfordshire and Elizabet de Horbiry, Bedfordshire, both 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of Edward I's reign.) [4]

In Norfolk, William de Horbury was rector of Ashill in 1335 [5] and later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Robert Horbery, tayllour and Johannes de Horbyry. [4]

Early History of the Horberay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horberay research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1273, 1634, 1707, 1773, 1707, 1726, 1729, 1730, 1733 and 1733 are included under the topic Early Horberay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horberay Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Horberay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Horberay include: HorBerry, Horbury, Horbiry, Horberie, Horbery and many more.

Early Notables of the Horberay family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Matthew HorBerry (1707?-1773), English divine, born at Haxey, Lincolnshire, about 1707, was the son of Martin Horbery, vicar of Haxey and rector of Althorpe in the same county. After attending schools at Epworth...
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Migration of the Horberay family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Horberay or a variant listed above: John Horby, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1876.



  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print


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