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

The ancestry of the name Hornblower can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who was employed as a hornblower. In the Middle Ages, workmen were often summoned to work by the blowing of a horn. The surname Hornblower is derived from the Old English word hornblawere, which means horn-blower.


Hornblower has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Hornblow, Hornblower, Horneblow, Horneblower and others.

First found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hornblower research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1255, 1285, 1608, 1626, 1753, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Hornblower History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hornblower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Hornblowers to arrive on North American shores:

Hornblower Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Josiah Hornblower, who immigrated to America in 1753

Hornblower Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J H Hornblower, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • Joseph C Hornblower, American architect, whose work includes the U.S. National Museum
  • William Hornblower (1851-1914), 19th century American lawyer appointed to propose amendments to the New York constitution
  • Simon Hornblower Ph.D. (b. 1949), British Professor of Classics and Ancient History at University College London
  • Jonathan Carter Hornblower (1753-1815), British pioneer of steam power


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