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The Dutch surname Vanhorn is a habitational name, taken on from any of numerous places in the Netherlands, so named. The Dutch word "hoorn," means a "point," or "‘nook;’ the prefix "Van" denotes "one who came from."

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The surname Vanhorn was first found in the region between the North Sea, Germany and Belgium, that we now call the Netherlands.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Horn, Hoorn, Van Horn, Van Hoorn, Van Horne, Van den Horn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vanhorn research. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1156, 1136, 1150, 1156, 1518, 1568, 1635, 1683, 1653, 1711, 1704 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Vanhorn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vanhorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Vanhorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jan Comelissen VanHorn, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664

Vanhorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • R VanHorn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • Richard VanHorn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856
  • Ernest VanHorn, who landed in Mississippi in 1893

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  • William VanHorn, American Republican politician, Chair of Brooke County Republican Party, 1940-42, 1950
  • Wilbur H. VanHorn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Washington VanHorn, American politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1896
  • O. E. VanHorn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1948
  • Harriet Edith VanHorn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980
  • Welby Van Horn (b. 1920), American retired tennis player, coach
  • Robert Thompson Van Horn (1824-1916), American newspaper publisher of the The Kansas City Enterprise
  • Keith Van Horn (b. 1975), American NBA basketball player
  • Dave van Horn (b. 1960), American baseball coach of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks
  • Darrin Van Horn (b. 1968), American boxer

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  2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Vanhorn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vanhorn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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