The story of the Horgeas family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name Horgeas was derived from the name Aassi,
which is a Old Norse form of the Old English personal name Oswald,
which means divine power.
The original spelling of the surname Horgeas was Aassiesen,
and this form is preserved in the Shetlands; many diminutive forms of the surname also exist. The surname was recorded in the Landnamabok
(the Icelandic Book of settlement), as Asi.
Early Origins of the Horgeas family
The surname Horgeas was first found in the Shetlands, where it is a form of Oswald.
Early History of the Horgeas family
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Horgeas Spelling Variations
are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Horgeas has been spelled Aassie, Assi, Assie, Aasie, Hoseason, Hosison and many more.
Early Notables of the Horgeas family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horgeas family to Ireland
Some of the Horgeas family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Horgeas family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
, those who remained loyal to England
traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan
societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Horgeas: William Hoseason, and family who migrated directly from the Shetlands about 1730 to Jamaica. This family eventually married into the distinguished Bruce family of Jamaica..