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Horace Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): probably in most instances a variant of Orridge itself ultimately a variant of Horwich with sibilation of the final palatal consonant to /ʃ/ and /s/ to give (H)orrish and (H)orris. It was sometimes associated with the personal name Horace in modern times by folk etymology and perhaps in some cases did arise from the Middle English personal name Orace (from Latin Horatius possibly of Etruscan origin and associated chiefly with the name of the Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65–8 B. C.)) but this name was exceptionally rare in medieval England and is unlikely to be the main source of the surname. In some cases the name may have arisen from the Middle English personal name Ordrich Orrich (Old English Ordrīc from ord ‘point spear’ + rīc ‘power realm’) with post-medieval voicing of the final consonant to give Orridge and later Horace.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Force, Grace, Race, Morace, Hora, Horan, Morice, Horch, Horsch, Arace

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You can see how Horace families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Horace family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Horace families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Horace families living in Iowa Territory. This was about 50% of all the recorded Horace's in USA. Iowa Territory had the highest population of Horace families in 1840.
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What did your Horace ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Horace. 37% of Horace men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Horace women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Horace were Salesman and Waitress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Farm Laborer
  • Cook
  • Waitress
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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Horace. For the veterans among your Horace ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Horace lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Horace life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Horace in 1945 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

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