Hornby Family History

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Hornby Name Meaning

English (chiefly Lancashire): habitational name from any of various places in northern England so called. Those in Lancashire and near Bedale in North Yorkshire are from the Old Norse personal name Horni ‘horn’ + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. One in the parish of Great Smeaton, North Yorkshire, is recorded in Domesday Book as Horenbodebi and probably has as its first element an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements horn ‘horn’ + boði ‘messenger’.

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

Similar surnames: Hornsby, Corby, Horney, Horn, Holtby, Torney, Barnaby, Sorby, Norby

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Hornby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hornby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hornby. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Hornby Family Origin

Where is the Hornby family from?

Hornby Family Occupations

What did your Hornby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Hornby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Hornby's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Hornby family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Painter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hornby.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Painter

  • Carpenter


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Hornby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Hornby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hornby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Hornby. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Hornby. For the veterans among your Hornby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hornby Life Expectancy

What is the average Hornby lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Hornby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Hornby in 1956 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hornby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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