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Where did the English Horse family come from? What is the English Horse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Horse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Horse family history?


Although the name, Horse, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Horsley, Horsey, de Horsey, O'Horsey and others.

First found in Northumberland at Horsley, a township, in the parish of Ovingham, about 9 miles from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. There is also a parish named Horsley, in Gloucestershire and another parish, so named in Derbyshire. The name is derived from the Old English words hors + leah, and literally means "clearing or pasture where horses are kept". [1] The parishes in Derbyshire and Gloucestershire were both listed as Horselei in the Domesday Book. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horse research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Horse History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Horse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Horse family name Horse, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Horse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Step Horse, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Horse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Horse, who landed in Virginia in 1718


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

The Horse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Horse 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 11 January 2012 at 13:23.

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