The ancient name of Horness 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. 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 Horness 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early Origins of the Horness family
The surname Horness was first found in Middlesex and Hertfordshire
where "Alwin Horne held lands before the making of the Domesday." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"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
, Hunts, Northamptonshire, and Wiltshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Adam Honi in Wiltshire; Henry Horn in Northamptonshire; Walter Horn in Oxfordshire; and Roger de Horne in Kent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
Further to the north, "John Horn was beaten and evil-treated on the Border, 1279." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3) 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 a few years later in 1296.
Early History of the Horness family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horness research.Another 356 words (25 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 Horness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horness 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 Horness family name include Horn, Horne, Athorne, Athorn and others.
Early Notables of the Horness 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"; and Robert... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Horness family to Ireland
Some of the Horness family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Horness family to the New World and Oceana
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 Horness surname or a spelling variation of the name include : 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.
The Horness 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.