The ancient roots of the Ornsby family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Ornsby comes from when the family lived in one of the places called Hornby in Lancashire
(now part of Cumbria), or the North Riding of Yorkshire
. "This place is distinguished for its castle, which stands on the site of a Roman villa, on the summit of a bold rock of conical form, in many parts shrouded by trees, and washed by the Wenning at its base. The castle was originally founded soon after the Norman Conquest." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early Origins of the Ornsby family
The surname Ornsby was first found in Lancashire
at Hornby, a township and chapelry, and formerly a market-town, in the parish of Melling, hundred
of Lonsdale. There are two Hornby Castles of note: the first in Lancashire
which was originally built for the Neville family in the 13th century; and the second in Yorkshire
, home to the St Quintin family. We must look to the latter shire to find the first record of the surname, namely William de Horneby who was listed in the Pipe Rolls
in 1205. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list the following: Johannes de Horneby; and Agnes de Horneby. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Ornsby family
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Ornsby Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Ornsby has appeared include Hornby, Hornbie and others.
Early Notables of the Ornsby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ornsby family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ornsby arrived in North America very early: Mary Hornby and Joseph Hornby arrived in Philadelphia with four children in 1820; Mercy Hornby settled in Virginia in 1735; Squire T. Hornby settled in Philadelphia in 1860.