Horseghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Horseghan dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a mounted warrior, rider, groom, or horse-dealer. The surname Horseghan is derived from the Old English words hors, which means horse, and mann, which means man or servant. [1]

Early Origins of the Horseghan family

The surname Horseghan was first found in Warwickshire where Hugh le Horsman was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1226-1227. The Subsidy Rolls for Worcester included John le Horsman there in 1327 and later in Yorkshire, William Horsman was listed there in 1415. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three listings for the family: Agnes le Horseman, Buckinghamshire; Robert le Horsman, Oxfordshire; and Walter Horsman, Huntingdonshire. [3]

Early History of the Horseghan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horseghan research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1589, 1593, 1536, 1610, 1593, 1597, 1601, 1604 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Horseghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Horseghan 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 Horseghan has undergone many spelling variations, including Horsman, Horseman and others.

Early Notables of the Horseghan family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Horsman (c.1536-1610), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Grantham in 1593, 1597, 1601...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Horseghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Horseghan family

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 Horseghan were among those contributors: Christopher Horsman settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1775; Marmaduke Horsman settled in New Jersey in 1677.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  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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