Horton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The roots of the Anglo-Saxon name Horton come from when the family resided in one of the many places called Horton; settlements of this name are particularly common in Yorkshire. The surname Horton 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Horton family

The surname Horton was first found in the West Riding of 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." [2]

Over in Horton, in Northumberland another branch of the family was found. "Possessions were anciently held here by the knightly family of Horton." [2] and at Horton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, more early records of the family were found. "In the reign of Henry II., the manor was granted by Robert de Lacy to the ancestor of the Hortons." [2]

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. [3]

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." [4]

Important Dates for the Horton family

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Horton Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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. Horton has been recorded under many different variations, including Horton, Horten and others.

Early Notables of the Horton family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Horton D.D. (died 1673), an English clergyman, Professor of Divinity at Gresham College in London, and President of Queens' College, Cambridge. Major Thomas Horton (1603-1649) was an English soldier in the parliamentary army during the English Civil War from Gumley, Leicestershire. Horton was granted the confiscated lands of a deposed Royalist and was Commissioner...
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Horton migration to the United States

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 Horton or a variant listed above:

Horton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Barnabas Horton, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635 [5]
  • Isaac Horton, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Isaac Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [5]
  • Barth Horton, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Barth Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [5]
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Horton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • George Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [5]
  • Eliz Horton, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [5]
  • John Horton, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720 [5]
  • Nathan Horton, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Horton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Horton, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Joseph Horton, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1835 [5]
  • Daniel Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1838 [5]
  • Mathias Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [5]
  • Thomas Horton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [5]

Horton migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Horton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jane Horton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Isaiah Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Esaias Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • Stoatly Horton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1783
  • Mr. James Horton U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 29 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [6]
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Horton migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Horton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Horton, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. John Horton, Cornish labourer who immigrated to New South Wales, Australia aboard the ship "Manan Watson" in 1835 convicted at Sydney Gaol on 20th June 1839 [8]
  • W.P. Horton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Arab" in 1843 [9]
  • Edward Horton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [10]
  • Fred Horton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [10]
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Horton migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Horton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Horton, aged 32, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Phoebe Horton, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mr. John Horton, (b. 1810), aged 32, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [11]
  • Mrs. Phoebe Horton, (b. 1824), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [11]
  • Child Horton, (b. 1842), aged Infant, British settler born aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [11]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Horton (post 1700)

  • Greg Horton (1951-2016), American NFL football player who played from 1976 to 1979
  • Robert Horton (1924-2016), American television actor, known for Wagon Train (1957), As the World Turns (1956) and A Man Called Shenandoah (1965)
  • Aaron Horton (b. 1992), American soccer player
  • Robert Elmer Horton (1875-1945), American ecologist and soil scientist
  • Ricky Neal Horton (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1990
  • Jonathan Alan Horton (b. 1985), American eleven-time gold and silver, twelve-time medalist gymnast
  • Lester Horton (1906-1953), American dancer, choreographer, and teacher
  • Edward Everett Horton (1886-1970), American film and television actor who appeared in more than 120 films, in addition to a body of work on TV
  • Thomas Alfred "Tommy" Horton MBE (1941-2017), English professional golfer who finished in the top ten of the Open Championship four times
  • Brian Horton (b. 1949), English former footballer and manager
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Historic Events for the Horton family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. George W Horton (b. 1910), English Petty Officer Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Exeter, Devonshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Horton, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [13]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Horton, English 2nd Class passenger from Sheffield, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [14]

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  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)
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_gaol_admissions.pdf
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ARAB 1843. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1843Arab.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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