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The Anglo-Saxon name Thorn comes from when the family resided near a thorn bush or hedge. Thorn is a local surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Other types of local surnames include topographic surnames, which could be given to a person who lived beside any physical feature, such as a hill, stream, church or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. The surname Thorn comes from the Old English or Old Norse words which mean thorn. The surname Thorn may also be a habitational surname, for someone who came from a place named with this word, for example Thorne, in Somerset, or Thorns, in Suffolk. The Thorn family's origins date back to the period prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066, to the county of Somerset, where they resided at Thorne-Falcon and Thorne-St. Nargaret.

Thorn Early Origins



The surname Thorn was first found in Somerset at Thorn(e) St. Margaret, a parish, in the union of Wellington, hundred of Milverton, about 3 miles (W.) from Wellington. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Torne. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Some of the first records of the name include: Adam atte Thorne; and William de Thorn who were both listed in Kirby's Quest at the time of Edward III. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
[4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists the following: Hugh Thorne in Cambridgeshire; and John de Thorn in Devon. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
To confuse matters, another noted historian claims "the name is local, from Thornes in the parish of Shenstone, in the county of Stafford, where Robert, son of Roger de la Thorne, was resident early in the fourteenth century." [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The integrity of this researcher bears no doubt. However, we wish to have the reader note that this entry is significantly later that the previous entries and as such, in our opinion, is a later branch of the family. Great Thorness is a hamlet on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.

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Thorn Spelling Variations


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Thorn Spelling Variations



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 Thorn include Thorn, Thorne and others.

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Thorn Early History


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Thorn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thorn research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1275, 1296, 1272 and 1610 are included under the topic Early Thorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thorn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thorn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thorn In Ireland


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Thorn In Ireland



Some of the Thorn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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:

Thorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Thorn, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1629
  • Ann Thorn, who arrived in Maryland in 1653-1654

Thorn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Thorn settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1712
  • Peter Thorn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1769
  • Samuel Thorn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Samuel Thorn arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Sydinham Thorn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1774

Thorn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James D Thorn, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827
  • Frost Thorn, aged 34, landed in Texas in 1829
  • Edward Thorn, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • James Thorn, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • John S Thorn, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thorn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Robert Thorn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Samuel Thorn U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Joseph Thorn U.E., (Thorne) born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Melancthon Thorn U.E., (Melanthon, Thorne) (b. 1758) born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 married to Hannah Butler in 1779 having 1 child, he died in 1842 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. William Thorn U.E., (Thorne) born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Thorn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Nicholas Thorn, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Thorn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Thorn, a shoemaker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Thorn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Joseph Thorn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Gipsy Queen" in 1850
  • Louisa Thorn, aged 17, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "James Jardine"

Thorn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Amelia Thorn, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • John Thorn, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • John J. S. Thorn, aged 20, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
  • Charlotte A. Thorn, aged 27, a servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thorn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thorn (post 1700)



  • Rodney King "Rod" Thorn (b. 1941), American President of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jonathan Thorn (1779-1811), American officer of the United States Navy, eponym of two destroyers: USS Thorn (DD-647) and the USS Thorn (DD-988)
  • J. Wiggans Thorn, American Republican politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1896-97; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912
  • J. Daniel Thorn, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1944
  • Henry Thorn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County, 1828, 1831
  • George W. Thorn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Washington County 2nd District, 1854
  • Frank Bret Thorn, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 9th District, 1908-12, 1914-15
  • Fanny Thorn, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Barton F. Thorn, American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Burlington County, 1874-76
  • Arthur K. Thorn, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1905-08
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Thorn Historic Events


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Thorn Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Alfred Richard Thorn, English First Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  11. ...

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