Horne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Horne is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. This name was also given to 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 Horne may also be a patronym derived from the personal name Horn. It may also be a local name given to someone who lived in one of the settlements of Horne in Rutland, Somerset, or Surrey, or near a bend, spur, or tongue of land.

Another source notes that the name is "a well-known Old English personal name, probably of Norse origin. Aluuin Horne was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086." [1]

Early Origins of the Horne family

The surname Horne was first found in Middlesex and Hertfordshire where "Alwin Horne held lands before the making of the Domesday." [2] "The name of Horn or Horne, at present well represented around Wisbech, is also found in Kent. It was also represented in these two counties in the 13th century, as well as in London, Suffolk, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hunts, Northamptonshire, and Wiltshire." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam Honi in Wiltshire, Henry Horn in Northamptonshire, Walter Horn in Oxfordshire, and Roger de Horne in Kent. [4] Over in Somerset, Kirby's Quest listed: William atte Horn and Thomas atte Home, temp 1 Edward III (in the first year of Edward III's reign. [5]

Andrew Horne (d. 1328), Chamberlain of London and legal writer, "born in London, carried on the trade of a fishmonger in Bridge Street. In 1315 he, with fifteen other fishmongers, was summoned before the sheriffs of London on a charge of using dorsers or baskets 'not of rightful measure.' Horn and one other person were acquitted. He was elected chamberlain of the city in January 1319." [6]

Further to the north in Scotland, "John Horn was beaten and evil-treated on the Border, 1279." [1] The "border" referenced was indeed the infamous border between England and Scotland, and events such as this may have precipitated King Edward I's intrusion into Scotland that took place in 1296.

Early History of the Horne family

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Horne Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Horne include Horn, Horne, Athorne, Athorn and others.

Early Notables of the Horne family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Henry Horne (fl. 1400-1434), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent in 1404 and Sheriff of Kent (1406-1407); Sir William Whorne, Lord Mayor of London in 1487; Brother William Horne (d. 1540), one of the "Carthusian Martyrs." Robert Horne (c. 1510-1579), was an English churchman, and a leading reforming Protestant, one of the Marian exiles, he was subsequently Bishop...
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Horne World Ranking

In the United States, the name Horne is the 777th most popular surname with an estimated 37,305 people with that name. [7] However, in Australia, the name Horne is ranked the 552nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,014 people with that name. [8] And in New Zealand, the name Horne is the 499th popular surname with an estimated 1,371 people with that name. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Horne as 585th with 11,185 people. [10]


United States Horne migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Horne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Horne, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Horne, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the "Winthrop Fleet"
  • Ben Horne, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Ben Horne, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [11]
  • George Horne, who arrived in Maryland in 1672
Horne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Andreuss Horne, aged 32, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732 [11]

Canada Horne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Ann Horne, aged 13 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [12]
  • Mrs. Bridget Horne, aged 45 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [12]
Horne Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Arthur J Horne, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Horne migration to Australia +

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

Horne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Horne, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Mr. John Horne, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 23rd April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. George Horne, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Champion" on 24th May 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. George Horne, (b. 1802), aged 27 born in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, UK convicted in Devon on 10th August 1829, sentenced for death reduced to life for stealing sheep, transported aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1830 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [16]
  • Mr. Elijah Horne, English convict who was convicted in Southampton, Hampshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
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New Zealand Horne 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:

Horne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Horne, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Martaban" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1856 [18]
  • Barbara Horne, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860
  • Thomas Horne, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863 [19]
  • Mr. Thomas Horne, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [18]
  • Elizabeth Horne, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
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West Indies Horne migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [20]
Horne Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Richard Horne, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [21]

Contemporary Notables of the name Horne (post 1700) +

  • William Scott Horne (1936-2022), American politician and jurist, born in Easton, Maryland, Circuit Administrative Judge of the 2nd Judicial Court (1999-2005), County Administrative Judge for the Talbot County Circuit Court (1989-2006)
  • William Phinazee Horne (b. 1952), American classical composer
  • James Wesley Horne (1881-1942), American actor, screenwriter and film director, known for his work with Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, and Our Gang
  • Thomas Charles "Tom" Horne (b. 1945), American politician, 25th Arizona Attorney General (2011-)
  • Joseph Horne (1826-1892), American founder of the Joseph Horne Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1849, active until 1994
  • Marilyn Horne (b. 1934), American mezzo-soprano opera singer
  • Lena Calhoun Horne (1917-2010), American four-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer
  • Robert Van Horne (b. 1948), American pianist, composer, and concert pianist
  • Randy Van Horne (1924-2007), American singer and musician
  • Abraham A. Van Horne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery and Hamilton counties, 1826 [22]
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Frank  Horne, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [23]
  • Master Leslie Ward  Horne (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries [23]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Dennis William Horne, British Sub-Lieutenant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [24]


The Horne Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil desperandum
Motto Translation: Never despairing.


Suggested Readings for the name Horne +

  • The Hornes: An American Family by Gail Lumet Buckley.
  • The Horne Family of Bloomingdale Road by Philip Field Horne.

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