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Thorley is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Thorley family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Thorley family lived in Hertfordshire, at Thorley.

Thorley Early Origins



The surname Thorley was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Thorley at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Census in 1086, a census initiated by King William, Duke of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066 A.D. In 1086, Thorley consisted of a Mill and a village and was held by Rodhere from the Bishop of London who was the tenant in chief. Conjecturally, the Thorleys are descended from this Norman noble.

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Thorley Spelling Variations


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Thorley Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Thorley have been found, including Thorley, Thorleigh, Thawley, Thurley, Thurlby, Thurleigh and many more.

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Thorley Early History


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Thorley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thorley research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1530 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Thorley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thorley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thorley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Thorley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Thorley were among those contributors:

Thorley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Thorley who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • James Thorley, who landed in Virginia in 1622

Thorley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jane Thorley landed in America in 1766

Thorley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Reuben Thorley, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thorley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thorley (post 1700)



  • Harry G. Thorley (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Rancher; Chair of Keya Paha County Republican Party, 1940
  • Wilfrid Thorley (1878-1963), English poet and translator
  • Dianne "Di" Thorley (b. 1949), Australian politician and the current mayor of Toowoomba, Queensland
  • Sir Gerald Bowers Thorley, Chairman, Allied Breweries Ltd., Norfolk
  • Charles Graham Thorley, Secretary, Ministry of Technology and DTI, Dorset

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Thorley Historic Events


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Thorley Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Frederick Thorley, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Jonathon Thorley, aged 15, English Lamp Trimmer from Brighton, Sussex who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 13

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fiducia
Motto Translation: By fidelity and confidence.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Thorley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thorley 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.

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