Hornsby Family History

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Hornsby Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Cumbria, so called from the genitive case of the Old Norse byname Ormr ‘serpent’ (see Orme 1) + Old Norse býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. The form of the name seems to have been influenced by confusion with Hornby. The surname is widespread in northern England.

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

Similar surnames: Hornby, Ormsby, Corby, Thursby, Mosby, Formby, Goldsby, Horney, Cosby

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Hornsby Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Hornsby name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Hornsby. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Hornsby Family Origin

Where is the Hornsby family from?

Hornsby Family Occupations

What did your Hornsby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Farming and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hornsby. A less common occupation for the Hornsby family was Keeping House. The most common Hornsby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 46% of Hornsby's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Hornsby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Hornsby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Hornsby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hornsby 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hornsby. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Hornsby. For the veterans among your Hornsby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hornsby Life Expectancy

What is the average Hornsby lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hornsby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hornsby in 1942 was 39, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Hornsby 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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