Anglo-Saxon name Horta comes from when the family resided in one of the many places called Horton; settlements of this name are particularly common in Yorkshire. The surname Horta belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
There are two possible origins of the name: "dirty or muddy farmstead," from the Old English "horu" + "tun" and "hill frequented by harts or stags," from the Old English "heorot" + "dun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early Origins of the Horta family
Yorkshire at Thornton, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Bradford, wapentake of Morley. "Thornton Hall, the property of the Horton family, an ancient quadrangular structure of great size, and formerly of considerable importance, is now occupied as farm-buildings and cottages." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Over in Horton, in Northumberland another branch of the family was found. "Possessions were anciently held here by the knightly family of Horton." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following entries for the family: Thomas de Horton in Devon; William de Horton in Kent; and Adam de Horton in Cambridgeshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Emma de Horton; and Dionisia de Horton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Some of the family were found in Scotland in early times: "Pieres de Hortone of Edinburghshire who rendered homage in 1296 derived his name from one of the many places named Horton in England, perhaps from one of the three places of the name in Yorkshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Horta family
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Horta Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Horta has been recorded under many different variations, including Horton, Horten and others.
Early Notables of the Horta family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Horta family to Ireland
Some of the Horta family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Horta family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Horta or a variant listed above:
Horta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Horta (post 1700)
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