Horner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Horner finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who carved objects out of horn or made musical instruments. "In London the horners and bottle-makers form one Company. Horn was anciently applied to many uses for which glass and other materials are at present employed." [1]

Early Origins of the Horner family

The surname Horner was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times, some say long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. However, we must look to Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire) for the first listing of the family. For it is there, that Matilda le Homere, was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. A few years later in 1303, Richard le Homer was listed in the Writs of Parliament.

Later again in 1379, The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls listed Johannes Homer and Ricardus Hornar. [2]

One source notes: "Horner is a characteristic Yorkshire name. The Horners, a family of York merchants in the 17th century, on three occasions held the office of lord mayor of that city." [3]

Mention should now be made of Jack Horner of the nursery rhyme fame. Some people claim that he was a historical figure, the steward of Richard Whiting (1461-1539), the last abbot of Glastonbury. As the story goes, during Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, the abbot is said to have sent his steward to the king with a gift - a pie containing the deeds of some manor houses, one of which Horner extracted. While this story cannot be fully confirmed, it is true that a Thomas Horner did take over the manor of Mells after the dissolution and his family have lived there since.

Early History of the Horner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horner research. Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1452, 1544, 1570, 1551, 1817, 1589, 1696, 1605, 1677, 1645, 1660, 1646, 1707, 1680, 1681, 1680, 1687, 1713, 1727 and are included under the topic Early Horner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horner 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 Horner family name include Horner, Hornere, Horners and others.

Early Notables of the Horner family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir George Horner (1605-1677), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1645 and 1660; and his son...
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Ireland Migration of the Horner family to Ireland

Some of the Horner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Horner migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Horner surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Horner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Horner, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • James and Roger Horner, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Roger Horner, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • Richard Horner, who arrived in Maryland in 1649 [4]
  • Luke Horner, who arrived in Maryland in 1649-1662 [4]
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Horner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Katherine Horner, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [4]
  • Solomon Horner, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720 [4]
  • Jacob Horner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
  • Casper Horner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [4]
  • Johann Christian Horner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1742 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Horner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Horner, who landed in New York in 1824 [4]
  • Henry Horner, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [4]
  • James W Horner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • Charles Horner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [4]
  • Thomas Horner, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Horner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Johann Horner, aged 2, who arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902 [4]
  • Michael Horner, aged 7, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902 [4]
  • Liberatus Horner, aged 11, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902 [4]
  • Magdalena Horner, aged 76, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902 [4]
  • Erasmius Horner, aged 14, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Horner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horner Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Horner U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. Isaac Horner U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mr. John Horner U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
  • Mrs. Lydia Horner U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [5]
Horner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Horner, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Emmanuel Horner, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • Daniel Horner, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Mr. Samuel Horner, aged 19 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Bolton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [6]
  • Mr. William Horner, aged 45 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Rose" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [6]

Australia Horner migration to Australia +

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

Horner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Horner, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1846 [7]
  • Nathan Isaac Horner, aged 49, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [8]

New Zealand Horner 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:

Horner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • D. Horner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Mr. R. Horner, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Siberia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st February 1870 [9]
  • Rev. W. Horner, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 20th September 1872 [10]
  • Mrs. Horner, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 20th September 1872 [10]
  • John P. Horner, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
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Contemporary Notables of the name Horner (post 1700) +

  • James Roy Horner (1953-2015), American two-time Academy Award, two-time Golden Globe Award, three-time Satellite Award winning composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores, best known for his score for Titanic, the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time
  • John "Jack" R. Horner (b. 1946), American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura, technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films
  • Jack B. Horner (1922-2009), American politician, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Chris Horner (b. 1971), American bicyclist for UCI ProTour team Team RadioShack
  • Staff Sergeant Freeman V Horner, American officer awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Edward Horner (1888-1917), the only surviving son and heir of Sir John and Lady Frances Horner of Mells Manor but he died from wounds in the First World War; the Equestrian statue of Edward Horner in Mells, Somerset was erected in his honour
  • William George Horner (1786-1837), British mathematician, eponym of the Horner scheme, son of the Rev. William Horner, a Wesleyan minister [11]
  • Leonard Horner (1785-1864), Scottish geologist and educational reformer, brother of Francis Horner [q. v.], born in Edinburgh, 17 Jan. 1785, and was educated at the Edinburgh High School under Dr. Adam. Brougham [11]
  • Francis Horner (1778-1817), Scottish politician, eldest son of John Horner, a merchant of Edinburgh, and his wife Joanna, daughter of John Baillie, a writer of the signet, born at Edinburgh on 12 Aug. 1778
  • Stephanie Horner (b. 1989), Canadian three-time silver medalist swimmer at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Robert  Horner, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mrs. W.  Horner (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
  • Mr. Edward  Horner (1898-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie Horner (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]


The Horner 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: Nitor in adversum
Motto Translation: I contend against adversity.


Suggested Readings for the name Horner +

  • 1325 "The Ancestors, Families and Descendants of George Edward Richardson and His Wife, Eva Horner" by Helen Richardson Kluegel, "Our Horner Ancestors, William of Fayette County, Pa., Son of Thomas of Baltimore County, Md., Family Genealogy ca. 1700-1973. Allied Lines: Preston-Gilbert-Mitchell-West-Snively-Bumgarner-Swearingen-Moore" by Virginia Horner Hinds.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Canton.htm
  8. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 4 August 2020
  12. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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