The rich and ancient history of the Thorbourn family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes 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 Thorbourn family
The surname Thorbourn 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 Thorbourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thorbourn 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 Thorbourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thorbourn Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Thorbourn have been found, including Thorburn, Thurburn, Thurbrand, Torburn and others.
Early Notables of the Thorbourn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thorbourn family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Thorbourn, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : William Thorburn arrived in Virginia in 1716.