Horritch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Horritch is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a shipwright or a sailor. The surname Horritch is derived from the Old English word horrok, which means part of a ship. [1]

Occupational names frequently were derived from the principal object associated with the activity of the original bearer, such as tools or products. These types of occupational surnames are called metonymic surnames.

Early Origins of the Horritch family

The surname Horritch was first found in Lancashire at Horrocksford. [2]

"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'Of Horrocks,' probably the spot known as Horrocksford Hall, in the parish of Clitheroe, Lancashire." [3]

The first record of the family was actually found in Berkshire where John Horroc was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. [1]

Early History of the Horritch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horritch research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1596, 1604, 1777, 1619, 1641, 1639, 1619 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Horritch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horritch Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Horritch are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Horritch include Horrocks, Horrock, Horrox, Horrocksford, Horrex and others.

Early Notables of the Horritch family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Jeremiah Horrocks (1619-1641) English astronomer, born in Liverpool, who became curate of Hoole, Lancashire where he made his first observation of the transit of Venus on November 24, 1639. He then deduced the solar parallax, corrected the solar diameter and made tidal observations. He was "born at Toxteth Park...
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horritch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Horritch family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Horritch or a variant listed above: Thomas Horrocks settled in Virginia in 1635; George, Jeremiah Horrock and George, Henry, John, Thomas, William Willoughby, Wright Horrocks, arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860..



The Horritch 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: Spe
Motto Translation: By hope.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  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)


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