Hurdishorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Hurdishorn dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Hartshorne, in the diocese of Lichfield and the county of Derbyshire. "This manor, called in Domesday Book Heorteshorne, then belonged to the family of Ferrers. " [1] The place name literally means "hill thought to resemble a hart's horn," from the Old English "herot" + "horn." [2]

Another source explores the name in more practical terms, "the horn of the hart or male deer; an emblem or sign over a shop or inn, whence the name, 'Will at the Hartshorn.' " [3]

Early Origins of the Hurdishorn family

The surname Hurdishorn was first found in Derbyshire, where the source "Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I." listed: Henry de Hertishorn; and Richard de Hertishorn (Henry III-Edward. I.) ([4]

Early History of the Hurdishorn family

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Hurdishorn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hurdishorn have been found, including Hartshorn, Hartshorne, Hertshorne, Hertshorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Hurdishorn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hurdishorn family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hurdishorn, or a variant listed above: Susannah Hartshorn, who sailed to America in 1744; Dr. Hartshorne, who came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1764; Mary Hartshorne, who came to Pennsylvania in 1771.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)


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