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Where did the English Horn family come from? What is the English Horn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Horn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Horn family history?The name Horn comes from one of the family having worked as a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. This name was also given to a person who was employed as a hornblower; in the Middle Ages, workmen were often summoned to work by the blowing of a horn. The surname Horn may also be a patronym derived from the personal name Horn. It may also be a local name given to someone who lived in one of the settlements of Horne in Rutland, Somerset, or Surrey, or near a bend, spur, or tongue of land.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Horn have been found, including: Horn, Horne, Athorne, Athorn and others.
First found in Middlesex and Hertfordshire where "Alwin Horne held lands before the making of the Domesday." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horn research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1400, 1434, 1404, 1406, 1407, 1487, 1540, 1510, 1579, 1560, 1580 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Horn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Horn, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Horn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christian Barentsen Van Horn, who came to New York City in 1653
- Jan Cornelissen Van Horn, who arrived in New Netherlands some time between 1620 and 1664
- Edward and Winifred Horn, who came to Maryland in 1664
- Edward Horn, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
Horn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Kasper Horn, who arrived in New York in 1709
- Andreas Horn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
- Ulrich Horn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737
- Joanis Horn, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
- Margretha Horn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
Horn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joh Horn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802
- Thomas Horn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- Gustave Horn, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1840
- Johann Gottlieb Horn, aged 55, landed in America in 1843
- Frederick C Horn, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1845
Horn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albert Ernest Horn, who landed in Arkansas in 1906
Horn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Jacob Horn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1751
Horn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Horn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840
- Richard Horn, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Omega"
Horn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Horn, aged 37, a bricklayer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- Harriet Horn, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- William John Horn, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
- James P. Horn, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Sarah N. Horn, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Russell Van Horn, American bronze medalist for boxing at the 1904 Olympic games
- C. C. Van Horn, American politician, Mayor of Joliet, Illinois, 1852-54
- Burt Van Horn (1823-1896), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1858-60; U.S. Representative from New York, 1861-63, 1865-69
- Abram S. Van Horn, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Warren County, 1858
- Charles Van Horn, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bluffton, Indiana, 1921-25 (acting, 1921)
- Cornelius Van Horn, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1816
- David L. Van Horn, American Democrat politician, Elected Kentucky State House of Representatives 77th District 1973 ; Candidate in primary for Kentucky State Attorney General, 1975
- Garret M. Van Horn, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1858-60
- Gary R. Van Horn, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Utah, 1994 (American), 1998 (Independent American)
- George Van Horn (1850-1904), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1891-93
- Family History of Horn Ancestors & Descendants of Elisha Thomas Horn of Zion Hill, Mississippi by Horn History Book Committee.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
The Horn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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