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Where did the German Hornberger family come from? What is the German Hornberger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hornberger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hornberger family history?


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

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.


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.


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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

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

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


  • Nancy H Hornberger Ph.D., American Professor of Education and Director, Educational Linguistics Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 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
  • Raymond Hornberger (1898-1976), American Olympic soccer halfback at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Gerd Hornberger (1910-1988), German bronze medalist at the 1936 Summer Olympics


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The Hornberger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hornberger 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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