Show ContentsHornbrooke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hornbrooke is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in the settlement of Hornbrook in Kelly in the county of Devon. The surname Hornbrooke belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names. [1]

Early Origins of the Hornbrooke family

The surname Hornbrooke 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 Hornbrooke family

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Hornbrooke Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hornbrooke family name include Hornbrook, Hornibrook and others.

Early Notables of the Hornbrooke family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Hornbrooke family to Ireland

Some of the Hornbrooke 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.

Migration of the Hornbrooke family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hornbrooke surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Hornbrook settled in Maryland in 1737; Mary Hornbrook and her husband and two children arrived in Philadelphia in 1820.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook