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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 Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horn research. Another 241 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


  • Alfred Horn (1918-2001), American mathematician, eponym of the term "Horn clause"
  • James Ronald Horn (b. 1940), American saxophonist and woodwind player
  • Burt Van Horn (1823-1896), American politician, U.S. Congressman from New York
  • Robert Thompson Van Horn (1824-1916), American lawyer, newspaper publisher, Civil War officer, and politician, who was a mayor of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Welby Van Horn (b. 1920), American professional tennis player and coach
  • Keith Adam Van Horn (b. 1975), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • Russell Van Horn, American bronze medalist for boxing at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Charles Edward Horn (1786-1849), English composer
  • Blair Horn (b. 1961), former Canadian Olympic rower
  • Carl Graf von Horn (1847-1923), Bavarian general and War Minister



  • 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.



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  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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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