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The ancestry of the name Thornbury dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Thornborough found in the counties of Buckinghamshire and North Yorkshire. Thornbury 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 Thornbury were named due to their close proximity to the stream by the thorns.

Thornbury Early Origins



The surname Thornbury 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Thornbury Spelling Variations


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Thornbury Spelling Variations



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 Thornbury have been found, including Thornborough, Thornbury, Thornberry, Thornborrowe, Thornbery, Thornburgh and many more.

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Thornbury Early History


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Thornbury Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thornbury research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1391, 1394, 1401, 1414, 1401, 1404, 1416, 1419, 1563 and 1593 are included under the topic Early Thornbury History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thornbury Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thornbury Early Notables (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...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thornbury 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



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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Thornbury, or a variant listed above:

Thornbury Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Thornbury, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1616
  • Rich Thornbury, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Richard Thornbury, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Rowland Thornbury, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Thornbury Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Thornbury, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • William Thornbury, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Thornbury Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James and Mary Thornbury settled in New England in 1805
  • Js Thornbury, who landed in America in 1805
  • Mary Thornbury, who arrived in America in 1805
  • John Thornbury, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Thornbury, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thornbury (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thornbury (post 1700)



  • John G. Thornbury, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1952, 1960
  • Caleb N. Thornbury, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 28th District, 1862-63
  • George Walter Thornbury (1828-1876), English author from London
  • Scott Thornbury (b. 1950), New Zealand internationally recognized academic and teacher trainer
  • Thomas Thornbury (b. 1963), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Lindsay, Ontario

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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: Spectemur agendo
Motto Translation: Let us be judged by our acts


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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The Thornbury Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thornbury 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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