Thornburgh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient roots of the Thornburgh family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Thornburgh comes from when the family lived in Thornborough found in the counties of Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire. Thornburgh 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 Thornburgh were named due to their close proximity to the stream by the thorns.
Early Origins of the Thornburgh family
The surname Thornburgh 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." 
Early History of the Thornburgh family
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Thornburgh Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Thornburgh has appeared include Thornborough, Thornbury, Thornberry, Thornborrowe, Thornbery, Thornburgh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thornburgh 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 was Member of Parliament for Westmorland in 1401, 1404, 1416 and 1419. Edward Thornborough (born c.1563) was an English politician, Member...
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Thornburgh migration to the United States +
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Thornburgh arrived in North America very early:
Thornburgh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Thornburgh, who settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680
Thornburgh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ella R. Thornburgh, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1896
- Frederick Thornburgh, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1896
- Miss M O Thornburgh, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
- Mrs T Thornburgh, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1896
- Mrs. Thomas Thornburgh, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States, in 1897
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Thornburgh Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Montgomery Thornburgh, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
- Thomas Tipton Thornburgh, aged 11, who immigrated to America, in 1908
- Edwine Thornburgh, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
Contemporary Notables of the name Thornburgh (post 1700) +
- Ron Thornburgh, American Republican politician, Secretary of State of Kansas, 1995- 
- Warren Thornburgh, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952 
- Richard Lewis Thornburgh (b. 1932), American Republican politician,U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1969-75; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1979-87; U.S. Attorney General, 1988-91; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1991 
- Jasper H. Thornburgh (1862-1938), American Republican politician,Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1897-1901; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1908 (alternate), 1916 
- Jacob Montgomery Thornburgh (1837-1890), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 2nd District, 1873-79 
- Charles A. Thornburgh, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 
- David B. Thornburgh (b. 1958), American President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy
- Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh, American commander of forces at the Battle of Milk Creek in 1879
- Warren Thornburgh, American politician, Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1952
- Richard Lewis Thornburgh (b. 1932), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1969-75, Governor of Pennsylvania, 1979-87, U.S. Attorney General, 1988-91
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The Thornburgh 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
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html