Whitehorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Whitehorn family

The surname Whitehorn was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Martin Withorn held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Whitehorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whitehorn research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1455, 1487, 1565, 1541, 1565, 1559, 1565, 1543, 1563, 1543, 1590 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Whitehorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whitehorn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whitehorn, Withorn, Witehorne, Whithorn, Whithorne, Withorne, Whythorne and many more.

Early Notables of the Whitehorn family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Whitehorne (died 1565) English cleric, Minor Canon and Priest-Vicar of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle 1541 to 1565 and Canon of Windsor from 1559 to 1565. Peter Whitehorne or Whithorne (fl. 1543-1563), was an English military writer, described on the title-pages of his books, first as student and then as 'fellow' of Gray's Inn...
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Whitehorn Ranking

In the United States, the name Whitehorn is the 15,012nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


Australia Whitehorn migration to Australia +

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

Whitehorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Whitehorn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [2]
  • William Whitehorn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Stratheden" in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whitehorn (post 1700) +

  • Jason Whitehorn (b. 1976), American worship music singer-songwriter
  • Joseph A. Whitehorn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1917-18 (Kings County 21st District 1917, Kings County 14th District 1918); Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1918 (3rd District), 1924 (10th District) [3]
  • David Whitehorn, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1936 [3]
  • Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE (1928-2021), British journalist, columnist, author and radio presenter, the first woman to have a column in The Observer
  • Will Whitehorn (b. 1960), Scottish former President of Virgin Galactic, current Chairman of the Transport Systems Catapult project
  • Geoffrey Charles "Geoff" Whitehorn (b. 1951), British singer-songwriter, known for his work with If, Crawler and Procol Harum
  • John Roland Whitehorn, Director General, Confederation of British Industry


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The STRATHEDEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stratheden.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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