Show ContentsHornibrooke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Hornibrooke family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the settlement of Hornbrook in Kelly in the county of Devon. The surname Hornibrooke belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names. [1]

Early Origins of the Hornibrooke family

The surname Hornibrooke 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 Hornibrooke family

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Hornibrooke Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hornibrooke include Hornbrook, Hornibrook and others.

Early Notables of the Hornibrooke family

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Ireland Migration of the Hornibrooke family to Ireland

Some of the Hornibrooke 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 Hornibrooke family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hornibrooke or a variant listed above: 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