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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.

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The surname Horne was first found in Middlesex and Hertfordshire where "Alwin Horne held lands before the making of the Domesday." [1]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horne research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1279, 1400, 1434, 1404, 1406, 1407, 1487, 1540, 1510, 1579, 1560, 1580 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Horne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 175 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 came to Virginia in 1623
  • John Horne, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 with the "Winthrop Fleet"
  • Ben Horne, who came to Virginia in 1651
  • Ben Horne, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • George Horne, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Horne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreuss Horne, aged 32, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732

Horne Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Arthur J Horne, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Horne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Stephen Horne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Martha Horne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Jane Horne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Stephen Ward Horne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838
  • Charles Horne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840


Horne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Barbara Horne arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860
  • Thomas Horne arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Horne arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • J. T. Horne arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ada" in 1875
  • Susanna Horne, aged 48, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878


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  • Thomas B. Van Horne (b. 1875), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Montevideo, 1908; Rosario, 1915-32; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Rosario, 1910-15
  • Terry E. Van Horne, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 4th District, 2000
  • Richard Van Horne (1770-1823), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery County, 1808-10, 1812-13, 1815-16; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention, 1821
  • Mahlon Van Horne, American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT Thomas, 1898
  • Isaac Van Horne (1754-1834), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, 1801-05
  • Espy Van Horne (1795-1829), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 9th District, 1825-29
  • David Van Horne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1820-21
  • Daniel Van Horne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1808-10
  • Archibald Van Horne (1758-1817), American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1801-03, 1805, 1814-15; Speaker of the Maryland State House of Delegates, 1805
  • Abraham A. Van Horne, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Montgomery and Hamilton counties, 1826

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

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Horne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horne 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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