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Early Origins of the Hornbeck family


The surname Hornbeck was first found in Austria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the family name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. The name is a compound name derived from the Old High German words "horn" and "berg," and has several derivations. Horn was used as an occupational name for someone who made small articles from horn, or a musician who played a horn. It was also a topographic name referring to a horn-shaped hill; "berg" also refers to a hill. Many have also adopted this name as a habitation name for one of the several places in Germany so-named.

Early History of the Hornbeck family


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Hornbeck Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Hornberg, Hornberger, Hornburg, Hornburgh and others.

Early Notables of the Hornbeck family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Hornbeck family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hornbeck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G. Hornbeck, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1893
  • Nanna Hornbeck, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Nic Balthazar Hornbeck, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Sarah Hornbeck, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1896

Hornbeck Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • S.K. Hornbeck, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Mrs. Frederic Hornbeck, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1905
  • F. S. Hornbeck, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Maximilian Hornbeck, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1906
  • George HornBeck, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hornbeck (post 1700)


  • Leroy Hornbeck (1875-1964), American head football coach at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • William Hornbeck (1901-1983), American Academy Award winning film editor, best known for his work on A Place in the Sun (1951), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Giant (1956), and I Want to Live! (1958)
  • Larry J. Hornbeck (b. 1943), American engineer, known for his work on DLP CINEMA technology at Texas Instruments, awarded the Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics (2014-2015), Progress Medal from the Royal Photographic Society (2009) and Elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (2009)
  • Stanley Kuhl Hornbeck (1883-1966), American diplomat, Rhodes scholar and author, Cief of the State Department Division of Far Eastern Affairs (1928–1937), a special adviser to Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1937–1944), and ambassador to The Netherlands (1944–1947)
  • John Westbrook Hornbeck (1804-1848), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania

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