Type Surname (from location)
Usage Swedish (Archaic)
Other Forms FormsHornaea/Hornæa (feminine forms), Hornaeus
Edit Status Status [show contributor]
Meaning & History
Probably a latinization of Härnösand, a city in Västernorrland County, Sweden. A notable bearer was Swedish priest Laurentius (Lars) Christophori Hornæus (born as Lars Christoffersson in 1645 in Härnösand). He was responsible for the 1675 witch trials in Torsåker, the largest witch trial in Swedish history.