Horbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Horbey comes from the family having resided 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 Horbey family

The surname Horbey 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 Horbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horbey 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 Horbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horbey Spelling Variations

Horbey has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: HorBerry, Horbury, Horbiry, Horberie, Horbery and many more.

Early Notables of the Horbey 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 Horbey family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Horbeys to arrive on North American shores: 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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