The surname of HORNSEY was a locational name 'of Hornsey' a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, seventeen miles from Hull. There is also a parish so called in County Middlesex, six miles from London. The name is also spelt HORNY, HORNE and HORNEY. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records of the name mention Richard de Hornesye, listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at County Lincoln, 1640. William Horne of London and Jane Alisunder (widow) were married in London in 1588. The name was taken to Scotland by early settlers, and John Horn was 'evil treated and beaten' on the border in 1279. David Horne is mentioned in a charter relating to the land of Cupar in 1456. John Horne was the burgess of Aberdeen in 1487. William Horn was the attorney for Robert, Archbishop of Glasgow in 1503. James Horne was the bailie of Haddington in 1567. The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufacture. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) and when Henry II (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome.
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