Horlock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Horlock surname comes from the Old English words "har," meaning "grey" and "locc," which refers to a lock of hair. Thus the surname was most likely formed from a nickname for someone with a patch of grey hair.

Early Origins of the Horlock family

The surname Horlock was first found in Hampshire where the family name was first referenced in the year 1066 when Borewoldus Horloc held a family seat at Winton. The name literally means "grey lock" from the Old English words "har" + "locc." [1]

Important Dates for the Horlock family

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Horlock Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Horlock has appeared include Harlock, Horlock, Horlick, Harloch, Harlok, Horliche, Hollick and many more.

Early Notables of the Horlock family (pre 1700)

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Horlock migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Horlock arrived in North America very early:

Horlock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Horlock, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1803
  • Robert Horlock, who arrived in Alabama in 1855
  • Robert Horlock, who landed in Alabama in 1855 [2]
  • William Henry Horlock, who arrived in California in 1888

Horlock migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Horlock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Horlock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [3]
  • Keightley Horlock, aged Elizabeth, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Horlock (post 1700)

  • Ernest George Horlock (1885-1917), (sometimes spelt Harlock) English soldier who received the Victoria Cross for deeds in 1914 in Vendresse, France
  • Kevin Horlock (b. 1972), Northern Irish football player


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
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