Horrobin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Horrobin is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the name Rabin or Robin, which are pet forms of the personal name Robert. The name is preceded the Old English prefix har, which means gray. Hence, the surname Horrobin literally means gray Rabin or gray Robin. [1]

Early Origins of the Horrobin family

The surname Horrobin was first found in the parish of Taxal, Derbyshire at Horobin. [2]

A very rare name, we did find some late entries for the family in Cheshire. The Wills at Chester list John Horabin, of Westhoughton, 1591; Thomas Horabin, of Bolton, 1612; Richard Horrobin, of Bolton, 1633; and William Horrobin, of Little Bolton, 1633. "It will be seen that the Bolton Horobins first became Horrobin, and then Harrobin, as they exist to-day." [2]

Early History of the Horrobin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horrobin research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1596, 1612, 1618, 1633, 1696, 1790, 1783, 1713 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Horrobin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horrobin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Horrobin has undergone many spelling variations, including Horrobin, Horrabin, Horobin, Horabin, Harrobin, Harrabin, Harobin, Harbin, Harbine, Harbyn, Harbynn, Horbyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Horrobin family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horrobin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Horrobin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Horrobin were among those contributors:

Horrobin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs W. C. Horrobin, who arrived in America, in 1904
  • John Horrobin, aged 50, who arrived in America from Paisley, England, in 1906
  • James Horrobin, aged 19, who arrived in America from England, in 1909
  • Ada Horrobin, aged 27, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1913
  • Nellie Horrobin, aged 16, who arrived in America from Cardiff, Wales, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Horrobin (post 1700) +

  • David Frederick Horrobin (1939-2003), English entrepreneur, medical researcher, author, editor and founder of the biotechnology company Scotia Holdings


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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)


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