Horgehan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Horgehan family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a mounted warrior, rider, groom, or horse-dealer. The surname Horgehan is derived from the Old English words hors, which means horse, and mann, which means man or servant. [1]

Early Origins of the Horgehan family

The surname Horgehan was first found in Warwickshire where Hugh le Horsman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1226-1227. The Subsidy Rolls for Worcester included John le Horsman there in 1327 and later in Yorkshire, William Horsman was listed there in 1415. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three listings for the family: Agnes le Horseman, Buckinghamshire; Robert le Horsman, Oxfordshire; and Walter Horsman, Huntingdonshire. [3]

Early History of the Horgehan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horgehan research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1593, 1536, 1610, 1593, 1597, 1601, 1604 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Horgehan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horgehan Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Horgehan were recorded, including Horsman, Horseman and others.

Early Notables of the Horgehan family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Horsman (c.1536-1610), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Grantham in 1593, 1597, 1601...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horgehan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Horgehan family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Horgehan family emigrate to North America: Christopher Horsman settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1775; Marmaduke Horsman settled in New Jersey in 1677.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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