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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Thackray family name to the British Isles. Thackray comes from the ancient Norman given name Tancred. Another source claims "this surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'at the thack-wray,' i.e. the corner or place set apart for storing thack, or thatch." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
And yet another notes "Thackray, or Thackwray, or Thackery, is a name that has its present home in the West Riding [of Yorkshire.]" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


Early Origins of the Thackray family


The surname Thackray was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat anciently, and historians claim that the family probably sprang from Tancred, a Norman Baron, who lived in 912 A.D, and share a common ancestry with the Tankervilles and Tancreds. One of the first records of the family was found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where William de la Thekere was listed in Norfolk. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes de Thakwra and Robertas de Thakwra. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Early History of the Thackray family

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Early History of the Thackray family


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Thackray Spelling Variations

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Thackray Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Thackary, Thackery, Thackwray and others.

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Early Notables of the Thackray family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Thackray family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Thackray family to Ireland

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Migration of the Thackray family to Ireland


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Migration of the Thackray family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Thackray family to the New World and Oceana


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Thackray or a variant listed above: William Thackwray settled in Philadelphia in 1829; John Thackeray settled in Philadelphia in 1856; Samuel Thackery settled in Philadelphia in 1868.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thackray (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thackray (post 1700)


  • John Philip "Jake" Thackray (1938-2002), English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist, perhaps best known for his Jake Thackray and Songs, a six-part television series recorded in 1980 and broadcast on BBC2 in 1981
  • Kris Thackray (b. 1988), English professional footballer who currently plays for Alemannia Aachen
  • Jeremy Andrew Thackray (b. 1961), birth name of Everett True, an English music journalist and musician
  • Jamie Thackray (b. 1979), English rugby league footballer for the London Broncos
  • Jane Thackray (b. 1968), New Zealand former basketball player for England women's national basketball team
  • Brigadier William Carson Thackray (b. 1894), Canadian Commandant of Petawawa Military Camp [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) William Thackray. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Thackray/William_Carson/Canada.html

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The Thackray Motto

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The Thackray Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nobilitas sola virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is the sole nobility.


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) William Thackray. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Thackray/William_Carson/Canada.html

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