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The saga of the name Horrocks follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a shipwright or a sailor. The surname Horrocks is derived from the Old English word horrok, which means part of a ship. 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.

Horrocks Early Origins



The surname Horrocks was first found in Lancashire 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.

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Horrocks Spelling Variations


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Horrocks Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Horrocks were recorded, including Horrocks, Horrock, Horrox, Horrocksford, Horrex and others.

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Horrocks Early History


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Horrocks Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horrocks research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1619 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Horrocks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Horrocks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Horrocks Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horrocks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Horrocks family emigrate to North America:

Horrocks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Horrocks settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Horrocks, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635

Horrocks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Horrocks, who landed in Virginia in 1761

Horrocks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Horrocks, aged 35, arrived in Ohio in 1812
  • George, Henry, John, Thomas, William Willoughby, Wright Horrocks, arrived in Philadelphia between 1820 and 1860
  • John Horrocks, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865
  • George, Henry, John, Jonathon, Thomas, Willoughby, Wright, and William Horrocks all landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1850 and 1870
  • Thomas Horrocks, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873

Horrocks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Horrocks, aged 4, who landed in America from Bolton, England, in 1907
  • Annie Horrocks, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States from North Shields, England, in 1914
  • David Horrocks, aged 42, who emigrated to America from Liverpool, England, in 1919
  • Alice Horrocks, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1921
  • Allan Horrocks, aged 15, who settled in America from Darwen, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Horrocks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Ainsworth Horrocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Eustace Horrocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • James Horrocks arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

Horrocks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Horrocks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cossipore" in 1857
  • Sarah Horrocks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • Thomas Horrocks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • William Horrocks arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Horrocks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Horrocks (post 1700)



  • Chris Horrocks (b. 1954), former Canadian international and North American Soccer League defender
  • Amy Elsie Horrocks (1867-1920), English music educator, composer and pianist
  • Mark Horrocks (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Victor Horrocks (1884-1922), English footballer
  • Jeremiah Horrocks (1618-1641), English astronomer
  • Barbara Jane Horrocks (b. 1964), English stage, screen and television actress, voice artist, musician, and singer
  • Air Commodore Ian Horrocks (d. 2014), British Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, Station Commander RAF Shawbury (1978-1980), Commandant Royal Observer Corps (1986-1989)
  • John Horrocks (1768-1804), British cotton manufacturer and Member of Parliament
  • Joseph Lucas Horrocks (1805-1866), English convict transported to Western Australia in 1852, who established the town of Northampton
  • John Ainsworth Horrocks (1818-1846), Australian, was one of the first settlers in the Clare Valley in 1839
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

Other References

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  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

The Horrocks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horrocks Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2014 at 09:22.

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