name Hornak comes from the family having resided in one of the places called Hornby in Lancashire
(now part of Cumbria), or the North Riding of Yorkshire
. "This place is distinguished for its castle, which stands on the site of a Roman villa, on the summit of a bold rock of conical form, in many parts shrouded by trees, and washed by the Wenning at its base. The castle was originally founded soon after the Norman Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Hornak family
The surname Hornak was first found in Lancashire
at Hornby, a township and chapelry, and formerly a market-town, in the parish of Melling, hundred
of Lonsdale. There are two Hornby Castles of note: the first in Lancashire
which was originally built for the Neville family in the 13th century; and the second in Yorkshire
, home to the St Quintin family. We must look to the latter shire to find the first record of the surname, namely William de Horneby who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1205. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list the following: Johannes de Horneby; and Agnes de Horneby. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Hornak family
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Hornak Spelling Variations
Hornak has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hornby, Hornbie and others.
Early Notables of the Hornak family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hornak family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hornaks to arrive on North American shores: Mary Hornby and Joseph Hornby arrived in Philadelphia with four children in 1820; Mercy Hornby settled in Virginia in 1735; Squire T. Hornby settled in Philadelphia in 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hornak (post 1700)
- Mark Raymond Hornak (b. 1956), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2011-)
- Ian Hornak (1944-2002), American draughtsman, painter and printmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of the founding artists of the Hyperrealist and Photorealist art movements
- Michal Hornák (b. 1970), Czech football manager and former player