Hornar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hornar is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. "In London the horners and bottle-makers form one Company. Horn was anciently applied to many uses for which glass and other materials are at present employed." [1]

Early Origins of the Hornar family

The surname Hornar was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. However, we must look to Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire) for the first listing of the family. For it is there, that Matilda le Homere, was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later in 1303, Richard le Homer was listed in the Writs of Parliament.

Later again in 1379, The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls listed Johannes Homer and Ricardus Hornar. [2]

One source notes: "Horner is a characteristic Yorkshire name. The Horners, a family of York merchants in the 17th century, on three occasions held the office of lord mayor of that city." [3]

Mention should now be made of Jack Horner of the nursery rhyme fame. Some people claim that he was a historical figure, the steward of Richard Whiting (1461-1539), the last abbot of Glastonbury. As the story goes, during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, the abbot is said to have sent his steward to the king with a gift - a pie containing the deeds of some manor houses, one of which Horner extracted. While this story cannot be fully confirmed, it is true that a Thomas Horner did take over the manor of Mells after the dissolution and his family have lived there since.

Early History of the Hornar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hornar research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1544, 1570, 1551, 1817, 1589, 1696, 1605, 1677, 1645, 1660, 1646, 1707, 1680, 1681, 1680, 1687, 1713, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Hornar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hornar 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 Hornar has appeared include Horner, Hornere, Horners and others.

Early Notables of the Hornar family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Horner (1605-1677), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1660; and his son...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hornar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hornar family to Ireland

Some of the Hornar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hornar family

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 Hornar arrived in North America very early: Thomas Horner settled in Virginia in 1623; James and Roger Horner settled in Virginia in 1638; Thomas Horner settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, two children, and servants..

The Hornar Motto +

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: Nitor in adversum
Motto Translation: I contend against adversity.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.

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