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Where did the English Thurgood family come from? What is the English Thurgood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Thurgood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Thurgood family history?

The Thurgood family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Thurgod, an ancient font name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Thurgood include Thoroughgood, Throwgrood, Thorowgood, Thorogood, Toogood and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire where they were descended from Thurgood, who was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, and the name has often been confounded with Toogood.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thurgood research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1683, 1667 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Thurgood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thurgood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Thurgood were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Throughtgood settled in Virginia in 1630; Dan Thoroughgood settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Sara and Thomas, followed by Mary in 1638; and Elin in 1651.

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  • Graham Thurgood, American professor at California State University, Chico
  • Stuart Anthony Thurgood (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • Neil Jonathan Thurgood (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Albert John "The Great" Thurgood (1874-1927), Australian rules footballer
  • Josh Thurgood (b. 1985), former Australian rules footballer


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The Thurgood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thurgood Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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