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Early Origins of the Thaine family
The surname Thaine was first found in Essex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Stapleford Abbots at St.Edmunds Abbey who was recorded by the Baron
Robert Gernon and Nigel in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Thaine family
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Thaine Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Thany, Than, Thaney, Thainy, Thaine, Thayne and others.
Early Notables of the Thaine family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thaine family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Thaine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Thaine went to Louisiana in 1720
- Robert Thaine, who landed in America in 1729
Thaine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alexander Thaine, who settled in New York in 1820