My research into my own family has proceeded down 2 tracks. One, back from myself (I am currently back to the mid 1700s) and two. The origin of my family. On this second track. My research results are as follows.
The hornsby name is old norse comprising 'ormr' for serpent and 'by' meaning homestead or farm.
There is a tiny hamlet/village in Cumbria UK called Hornsby.
The greatest concentration of the name Hornsby is in Cumbria. this leads to the conclusion that it is very probable that the origin of the Hornsby dispora is from this tiny village.
There is documentation on the village and the name hornsby from the local priory's of Cumwhitton and Lannercost stretching back to just after the Norman Conquest.
It is my belief that the hornsby name was founded by a settler from the Viking invasions into that part of England in the 7 - 9 th centuries.
Anybody who can help me further corroberate this or has any further info please contact me
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