"hagridden" - afflicted by nightmares or fear
My surname is Horne. It is taken from my father. While I was at school, some of my friends found it amusing. Some suggested it represented the musical instrument 'horn'. Others pronounced it 'horny' for fun, and a few called me 'hor-nay' in some bad-boy rapper pronunciation!
It's all water under the bridge now. They obviously didn't know a little of the history behind my great name. I'm extremely proud of my surname - it defines who I am.
Through family history work started by my mother, I have been able to discover who my ancestors were/are, not just on my dad's side, but on my mum's too.
I recently learned from my dad that my grandfather Horne served as a mechanic on a submarine in World War 2 (WW2). I'd never known this! I have recently been reading about WW2 and I've developed a great sense of awe and respect for the brave and courageous men, the greatest generation England has ever produced, hagridden and all, who fought in WW2 to defend their island and the very cause of freedom. So to know that my grandfather Horne was a part of that was thrilling!
My grandfather Kenyon, on my mum's side, also served in WW2, where he escaped a bombed ship travelling back from Dunkirk!
There is a lot in a name. I'm beginning to realise who I am.
Check out this fascinating website to see where your name comes from: http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org