Horborrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Horborrey is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having 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 Horborrey family

The surname Horborrey 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 Horborrey family

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

Horborrey Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Horborrey family name include Horberry, Horbury, Horbiry, Horberie, Horbery and many more.

Early Notables of the Horborrey 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...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horborrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Horborrey family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Horborrey surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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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