An English and Scottish surname, Horne comes from Middle English the term ’horn’ which refers to a horn blower. The spelling variations for Horne include Horn, Hiorn, Athorn and Athorne. In England the Horne family name originated in Durham. Over the centuries it has spread to most of England and the eastern portion of Wales. The higher concentrations of Horne families are in Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, Norfolk, Kent, the city of London, Hampshire and Somerset. In Scotland the Horne name covers most of the country. The larger populations of Horne families reside in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire, Fife, Midlothian, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. Within the United States the Horne family name began in New York, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Jersey. Famous: Richard Henry Horne (English author and poet), Lena Calhoun Horne (jazz singer and actress), Barry Horne (footballer from Wales), Keith Horne (professional golfer from South Africa), Marilyn Horne (opera singer), Kenneth Horne (English comic) and Des Horne (footballer from England).