Hornblower History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hornblower family

The surname Hornblower was first found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Hornblower family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hornblower research. Another 112 words (8 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Hornblower Spelling Variations

Hornblower has been spelled many different ways. 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. Many variations of the name Hornblower have been found, including Hornblow, Hornblower, Horneblow, Horneblower and others.

Early Notables of the Hornblower family (pre 1700)

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


United States Hornblower migration to the United States +

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 [1]

Australia Hornblower migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hornblower Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Hornblower, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1851, en route to Adelaide [2]
  • Mrs. Hornblower, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 25th January 1851, en route to Adelaide [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hornblower (post 1700) +

  • 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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Argus News Paper 27th January 1852 Page 2 (Retrieved 26th April 2019). Retrieved from https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4775844?browse=ndp%3Abrowse%2Ftitle%2FA%2Ftitle%2F13%2F1851%2F01%2F27%2Fpage%2F505154%2Farticle%2F4775844


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