Horridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Horridge surname is a habitational taken on from the place name Orrock in Fife.

Early Origins of the Horridge family

The surname Horridge was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat in the lands of Orrock some say well before the 12th century. Simon Orrock is recorded as holding those lands in the year 1248. Simon, with his brother Freskinus and son Robert agreed to give the convent of Dunfermline the lands of Muyoch and Knokduy, part of the Clan lands of Orrock. [1]

To the south in England, we find Horridge is the prevailing variant in use. In this case, the name could have originated in either Hawridge, Buckinghamshire, Horwich in Lancashire or from "one of the five places in Devon named Horridge." [2]

Early rolls include: Richard de Hawerugge in Cornwall in 1297; and Thomas de Horewich in the Subsidy Rolls for Derbyshire in 1327. [2]

The Wills at Chester include: James Horridge, of Over Darwen, 1608; and James Horwich, of Over Darwen, 1632. Presumably these are entries for father and son. The Register of the University of Oxford includes Anthony Horridge, 1613. The Exchequer Depositions, Lancashire list 'Messuage in Horrage, alias Horwich, lately in the possession of Thomas Urmstone,' 1675. [3]

Early History of the Horridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horridge research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1316, 1513, 1672, 1690 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Horridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horridge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Horrock, Horrocks, Orrock, Orrocks, Orrox, Horrox and others.

Early Notables of the Horridge family (pre 1700)

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United States Horridge migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arnold Horridge, who arrived in New York in 1830 [4]
  • R. C. Horridge, aged 17, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Horridge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Horridge, aged 20, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1900
  • Margaret Louisa Horridge, aged 9, who immigrated to the United States from Stoke-on-Trent, in 1903
  • Eliza Horridge, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Stoke-on-Trent, in 1903
  • James Horridge, aged 37, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1904
  • William Horridge, aged 40, who landed in America from Bolton, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Horridge (post 1700) +

  • Sir Thomas Gardner Horridge (1857-1938), British High Court judge and Liberal politician
  • George Adrian Horridge FRS (b. 1927), English-born, Australian neurobiologist, professor at Australian National University
  • Roland Edward William George Horridge (b. 1963), retired English cricketer


The Horridge 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: Solus Christus mea rupes
Motto Translation: Christ alone is my rock.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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)


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