Horsghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Horsghan is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a mounted warrior, rider, groom, or horse-dealer. The surname Horsghan is derived from the Old English words hors, which means horse, and mann, which means man or servant. 
Early Origins of the Horsghan family
The surname Horsghan 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. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three listings for the family: Agnes le Horseman, Buckinghamshire; Robert le Horsman, Oxfordshire; and Walter Horsman, Huntingdonshire. 
Early History of the Horsghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Horsghan 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 Horsghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Horsghan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Horsghan include Horsman, Horseman and others.
Early Notables of the Horsghan 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...
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Migration of the Horsghan family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Horsghan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Christopher Horsman settled in Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia in 1775; Marmaduke Horsman settled in New Jersey in 1677.
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