The ancestors of the name Thornber date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Thornborough found in the counties of Buckinghamshire
and North Yorkshire
. Thornber is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. During the Middle Ages, as society became more complex, individuals needed a way to be distinguishable from others. Toponymic surnames were developed as a result of this need. Various features in the landscape or area were used to distinguish people from one another. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English thorn broc
which means that the original bearers of the surname Thornber were named due to their close proximity to the stream by the thorns.
Early Origins of the Thornber family
The surname Thornber was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
at Selsheyd (now known as Selside.) This chapelry, in the parish, union, and ward of Kendal is now in the county of Westmorland
. "The chapel, dedicated to St. Thomas, was erected in lieu of a more ancient edifice, about 1720, by the inhabitants, on a site given by William Thornburgh, Esq.; and was rebuilt on an enlarged scale in 1837, at an expense of about £600." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Thornber family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thornber research.Another 184 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1391, 1394, 1401, 1414, 1401, 1404, 1416, 1419, 1563, 1593, 1551, 1641, 1593, 1603, 1617, 1588 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Thornber History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thornber Spelling Variations
Thornber has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Thornber have been found, including Thornborough, Thornbury, Thornberry, Thornborrowe, Thornbery, Thornburgh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thornber family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Thornbury; and Walter de Thornbury (died 1313), an English-born statesman and cleric probably born in Herefordshire
who held the office of Lord Chancellor of Ireland
. William Thornburgh was Member of Parliament for Westmorland
in 1391, 1394, 1401 and 1414. Roland Thornburgh... Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thornber Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thornber family to Ireland
Some of the Thornber family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thornber family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Thornbers to arrive on North American shores:
Thornber Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Thornber, aged 35, who landed in Virginia in 1773 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Thornber (post 1700)
- Frank Thornber, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1948, 1952, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Richard Thornber (b. 1867), English footballer who played for Darwen and Preston North End from 1891 to 1893
- Harry Thornber (1851-1913), English cricketer
- Stephen John Thornber (b. 1965), English former professional footballer who played from 1983 to 1998
The Thornber 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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our acts