Hornbrook History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hornbrook comes from when the family resided in the settlement of Hornbrook in Kelly in the county of Devon. The surname Hornbrook belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names. [1]

Early Origins of the Hornbrook family

The surname Hornbrook was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Hornbrook family

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Hornbrook Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Hornbrook has been recorded under many different variations, including Hornbrook, Hornibrook and others.

Early Notables of the Hornbrook family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hornbrook family to Ireland

Some of the Hornbrook family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hornbrook migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Hornbrook or a variant listed above:

Hornbrook Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Hornbrook, who settled in Maryland in 1737
Hornbrook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hornbrook and her husband and two children arrived in Philadelphia in 1820

Canada Hornbrook migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hornbrook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hornbrook, (b. 1810), aged 45, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, he died in the sinking [2]

New Zealand Hornbrook migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hornbrook Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Hornbrook, aged 24, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Major Alfred Hornbrook, (b. 1816), aged 24, with the British Army, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • Mr. A. Hornbrook, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 [3]
  • Mr. William Hornbrook, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tobago" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th September 1842 [3]
  • William Hornbrook, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Tobago [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Hornbrook (post 1700) +

  • James Joseph Hornbrook (1868-1942), American brigadier general during World War I from Evansville, Indiana
  • Christopher Aaron "Chris" Hornbrook (b. 1981), American drummer from Hollywood, Florida
  • Ken Hornbrook, American fine art nature photographer
  • Thomas Lyde Hornbrook (1807-1855), British marine artist who exhibited in the Royal Academy (1836 and 1844), marine painter to the Duchess of Kent and her daughter Victoria (1833)
  • Rebecca Suzanne Hornbrook (b. 1975), Canadian atmospheric chemist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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