Thayne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Thayne family

The surname Thayne 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, [1] 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.

Important Dates for the Thayne family

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Thayne Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thany, Than, Thaney, Thainy, Thaine, Thayne and others.

Early Notables of the Thayne family (pre 1700)

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Thayne migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thayne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Isabelle Thayne immigrated to Providence, Rhode Island in 1845
  • William Thayne went to Philadelphia in 1878
  • P.O. Thayne, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1893
Thayne Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • F. W. Thayne, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Charlotte L. Thayne, who landed in America, in 1906
  • John B Thayne, aged 34, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1915
  • Chris Thayne, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Christopher Thayne, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Thayne (post 1700)

  • Emma Lou Thayne (1924-2014), American Mormon poet and novelist, known for writing the words to the hymn "Where Can I Turn for Peace"
  • David Cruz Thayne (b. 1971), American former professional tennis player and Democratic congressional candidate
  • I. John Thayne, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, Utah, 1991 [2]
  • Sir John Thayne Forbes (b. 1938), retired British judge and barrister; he presided over the trial of Harold Shipman in 2000
  • Thayne Martin McCulloh (b. 1964), American social psychologist and academic administrator, President of Gonzaga University (2010-)

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from
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