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The surname Hornberger 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hornberger research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hornberger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hornberger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Carl Hornberger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Jacob Hornberger, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Johan Jacob Hornberger, his wife Maria Barbara and their two daughters, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jakob Hornberger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Stephan Hornberger, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1760
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Hornberger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jakob Michael Hornberger, who arrived in America in 1846
  • Mrs. Christian Hornberger, who landed in North America in 1846
  • Franz Jakob Hornberger, who arrived in New York in 1847
  • Franz Jakob Hornberger, who came to New York City in 1847
  • Nikolaus Hornberger, who landed in Kentucky in 1854
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Hornberger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Karl Hornberger, aged 24, who landed in America from Mousweiler, in 1901
  • Friedrich Hornberger, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, in 1902
  • Haver Hornberger, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Grunbach, Germany, in 1906
  • Gotthold Hornberger, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Heinrich Hornberger, aged 33, who landed in America from Monsweiler, Germany, in 1912
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  • Raymond Hornberger (1898-1976), American Olympic soccer halfback at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • H. Richard Hornberger (1924-1997), who wrote under the pseudonym Richard Hooker, American writer and surgeon, best known for his work MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors (1968) that inspired the film MASH and TV series M*A*S*H
  • Nancy H Hornberger Ph.D., American Professor of Education and Director, Educational Linguistics Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Gerd Hornberger (1910-1988), German bronze medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics
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    Other References

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    2. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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