Show ContentsLanghorne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Langhorne date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Langhorne family lived in the county of Cumberland. Langhorne is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English word lang, which means long and the Old Norse word horn simply which means horn. Therefore the original bearers of the surname lived in or near a long piece of land that was shaped like a horn.

Early Origins of the Langhorne family

The surname Langhorne was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from early times. Laugharne (Welsh: Talacharn) is a town in Carmarthenshire, Wales and home to Laugharne Castle which dates back to 1116 and was the meeting place of Henry II of England with Rhys ap Gruffudd in 1171-1172.

Early History of the Langhorne family

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Langhorne Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Langhorne are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Langhorne include: Langhorn, Langhorne, Langharn, Langharne and others.

Early Notables of the Langhorne family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Langhorne, 1st Baronet (1631-1715), Governor of Madras in the 1670s; Blessed Richard Langhorne (c. 1624-1679), a barrister executed as part of the Popish Plot; Major General Langharne, Commander...
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Langhorne Ranking

In the United States, the name Langhorne is the 13,479th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Langhorne migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Langhorne or a variant listed above:

Langhorne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Langhorne, who sailed to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Richard Langhorne, who arrived in Rowley, Masachusetts in 1669
  • Richard Langhorne, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1669 [2]
  • John Langhorne, who arrived in Virginia in 1672 [2]
  • Jeremiah and Grace Langhorne, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1684
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Langhorne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Langhorne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Reverend John Langhorne, who settled in Ernestown in Ontario late in the 18th century

Contemporary Notables of the name Langhorne (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Langhorne (1938-2017), American folk musician; his inspired Bob Dylan's song "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  • William "Will" Langhorne (b. 1974), American race car driver
  • Reggie Langhorne (b. 1963), American football player
  • Crystal Langhorne (b. 1986), American basketball player
  • Bruce Langhorne (b. 1940), American folk musician
  • Victor Langhorne, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980 [3]
  • Maurice A. Langhorne, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1910; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1912, 1920, 1924 [3]
  • Marshall Langhorne (b. 1870), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Canton, 1901-02; Ciudad Juarez, 1904; U.S. Commercial Agent (Consul) in Dalny, 1903-04; U.S. Consul in Chungking, 1904-05 [3]
  • Reverend John Langhorne (1836-1911), English headmaster of The King's School, Rochester, England
  • John Bailey Langhorne (1816-1877), English founder of the Newcastle Chronicle
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook