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

The name Thatcher is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who worked as the thatcher. This surname was a derivative of the Old English word paeccan which literally meant to cover. The meaning later changed and referred to the task of thatching roofs.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Thatcher include Thatcher, Thacker, Thaxter and others.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, before and after the Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thatcher research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thatcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Thatcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Thatcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 118 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Thatcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe and Mary Thatcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Sylvester Thatcher, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Anthony Thatcher, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jo Thatcher, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Silvester Thatcher, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635

Thatcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Thatcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Oxenbridge Thatcher, who settled in Boston in 1716 with his servant

Thatcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Thatcher, aged 24, arrived in America in 1822
  • M Thatcher, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S W Thatcher, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Thatcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Thatcher, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Thatcher, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Eliza Thatcher, aged 17, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Thatcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F.G. Thatcher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883


  • David J. Thatcher (b. 1921), American flight engineer/gunner, recipient of the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters among others
  • George Thatcher (1754-1824), American lawyer, jurist, and statesman
  • Henry Knox Thatcher (1806-1880), American admiral in the United States Navy during the American Civil War
  • Roland Churchill Thatcher IV (b. 1977), American PGA professional golfer
  • Maurice Hudson Thatcher (1870-1973), U.S. Congressman
  • Joseph "Joe" Andrew Thatcher (b. 1981), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres
  • Prime Minister Margaret Hilda Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (1925-2013), English Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Benjamin David Thatcher (b. 1975), English professional footballer
  • Heather Thatcher (1896-1987), English actress in theater and motion pictures
  • Sir Mark Thatcher (b. 1953), 2nd Baronet, son of Sir Denis Thatcher and Lady Margaret Thatcher



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The Thatcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thatcher 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.

This page was last modified on 8 January 2015 at 12:49.

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