The origins of the Horsburgh name Horsburgh are rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The surname comes from when they lived in the settlement of Horsburgh in Innerleithen, in the county of Peebles, Scotland
. As such, the Horsburgh surname belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon
habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Horsburgh family
The surname Horsburgh was first found in Peeblesshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, and the first on record was Symon de Horsbroc, who witnessed a charter during the reign of Alexander II of Scotland
(1214-49). It is thought that they came originally from the north bank of the Tweed in Northumberland
, where an Anglo-Saxon
known by Horse or Orse is said to have built a "burg."
Early History of the Horsburgh family
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Horsburgh 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 Horsburgh has undergone many spelling variations
, including Horsburgh, Horsbrough, Horseburgh, Horsbrook and many more.
Early Notables of the Horsburgh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horsburgh family to the New World and Oceana
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 Horsburgh were among those contributors:
Horsburgh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Horsburgh, who arrived in Jamaica in 1725
- William Horsburgh, who settled in Carolina in 1761
Horsburgh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Janet Horsburgh, who settled in New York in 1874
Horsburgh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert Horsburgh, who settled in Ontario in 1848
Horsburgh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Agnes Horsburgh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
- John Horsburgh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Horsburgh (post 1700)
- Christy Horsburgh, American Senior Biological Scientist in the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida
- C Robert Horsburgh Jr., American Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health
- Karen Horsburgh Ph.D., Scottish Deputy Director of the Centre for Neuroscience Research at the University of Edinburgh
- Margaret Horsburgh Ph.D., New Zealand Associate Professor of Medical & Health Sciences at the University of Auckland
- Martha E Horsburgh RN, Ph.D., Canadian Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta
- Wayne Horsburgh (b. 1955), Australian country music entertainer
Historic Events for the Horsburgh family
- Miss Martha Horsburgh, American 2nd Class passenger from Bernardsville, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
The Horsburgh 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: Aegre de tramite recto
Motto Translation: Having safely passed through a rough path.