Waghorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Waghorn family

The surname Waghorn was first found in Dumbartonshire, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border and as far north as Glasgow. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland when Peter Waghorn of Dumbarton was one those dignitaries who negotiated with King Edward III of England for the release King David of Scotland at 10,000 marks annually in 1357.

Early History of the Waghorn family

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Waghorn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Waghorn, Waghen, Waggon, Waghorne, Wagorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Waghorn family (pre 1700)

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United States Waghorn migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Waghorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Waghorn, who arrived in Ohio in 1885 [1]

Australia Waghorn migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Waghorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sophia Waghorn, aged 31, a cook, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad" [2]
  • John Phillip Waghorn, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [3]

New Zealand Waghorn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Waghorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Waghorn, (b. 1814), aged 36, British lighterman, from Kent travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Mrs. Louisa Waghorn, (b. 1818), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Miss Mary A. Waghorn, (b. 1842), aged 8, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Miss Louisa Waghorn, (b. 1849), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Dale Waghorn, (b. 1850), aged Infant, British settler born aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Waghorn (post 1700) +

  • Dominic Waghorn, American Correspondent with Sky News
  • Thomas Fletcher Waghorn (1800-1850), English postal pioneer who developed a new route from Great Britain to India [5]
  • Martin Waghorn (d. 1787), English officer of the Royal Navy, Commander of the HMS Royal George when she suddenly sank at Spithead in 1782, with heavy loss of life [5]
  • Leslie Arthur Waghorn (1906-1979), English cricketer
  • Kerry Waghorn (1947-1977), Canadian syndicated caricaturist, best known for his long running "Faces in the News" feature, established in 1977 by Chronicle Features
  • Henry Thomas Waghorn (1842-1930), English cricket statistician and historian
  • Flight Lieutenant Richard Richard Dick Waghorn Waghorn AFC (1904-1931), English Royal Air Force aviator, best known for winning the 1929 Schneider Trophy seaplane race
  • Martyn Thomas Waghorn (b. 1990), English footballer


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 15th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Hyderabad 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hyderabad1854.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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