Hurne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished English surname Hurne comes from several different origins. Firstly, it is derived from the Old English "hyrne," meaning "nook, corner;" in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by someone who lived in a corner residence. Alternatively, the name may be derived from a place name; there is a town called Herne in Kent and a Hirn in Hampshire, and the progenitor of the name may have hailed from one of these towns. Finally, the name may be a variant of the surname Heron.

Early Origins of the Hurne family

The surname Hurne was first found in Dorset at Hurn, village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was listed as Herne. [1] Literally the place name means "place at the angle or corner of land," from the Old English word "hyrne." [2] Holbeach Hurn is a small fenland village in the South Holland district of southern Lincolnshire and Hurn is a tything, in the parish, union, and hundred of Christchurch, Ringwood in the county of Southampton.

Important Dates for the Hurne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurne research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1212, 1267, 1279, 1327, 1524, 1620, 1678, 1735 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Hurne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hurne 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 Hurne have been found, including Hern, Herne, Hearn, Hearne, Hurn, Hurne, Harn and others.

Early Notables of the Hurne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hurne family to Ireland

Some of the Hurne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 54 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hurne 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 Hurne, or a variant listed above: Henry Herne, who immigrated to Barbados in 1661; Bridgett Herne, who settled in Maryland in 1677; George Herne, who immigrated to Virginia in 1684; as did Banfield Hearne in 1713.


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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