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The Thorndyke surname is derived from the Old English words "žorn" meaning "thorn bush," and "dic," meaning "ditch," or "dike." As such, it is thought to have originally been a topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn hedge and a ditch; or perhaps a habitational name from some now lost place-name.

Thorndyke Early Origins



The surname Thorndyke was first found in Lincolnshire where they were long found.

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Thorndyke Spelling Variations


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Thorndyke Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Thorndike, Thorndyke and others.

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Thorndyke Early History


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Thorndyke Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thorndyke research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1596 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Thorndyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thorndyke Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thorndyke Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Thorndyke 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Thorndike from Lincolnshire who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1633; Anthony Thorndike settled in New York in 1822; Augustus Thorndike settled in New York in 1820..

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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: Rosae inter spinas nascumtur
Motto Translation: A rose among thorns


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Thorndyke Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thorndyke 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:37.

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