Thobourne is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the baptismal name for the son of Thurburn.
This ancient personal name
was originally derived from the name of the Saxon God of Thunder, Thor.
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.
Early Origins of the Thobourne family
The surname Thobourne was first found in Norfolk
where Thomas filius
Thurbernus (Turberni) was listed 1153-1186. A few years later, Richard Turbern was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198 and later, Richard Thurubern was listed at Ely in Norfolk
in 1277. The name may have been listed in the Domesday Book
as Thurbernus, Turbern and Torbern, CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
but it from the Norfolk
branch that seems the most prevalent in these early years. In Sussex
, the name claims descendancy from Thunder (Thor) or Thunder's Hill at Chittingly. Thor was the name of the ancient Saxon God of Thunder.
Early History of the Thobourne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thobourne research.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1197, 1273, 1327, 1607, 1688, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Thobourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thobourne Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Thobourne has been recorded under many different variations, including Thorburn, Thurburn, Thurbrand, Torburn and others.
Early Notables of the Thobourne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thobourne family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Thobourne or a variant listed above: William Thorburn arrived in Virginia in 1716.