The Thorndyke surname is derived from the Old English words "þorn" 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.
Early Origins of the Thorndyke family
The surname Thorndyke was first found in Lincolnshire
where they were long found.
Early History of the Thorndyke family
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Thorndyke Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Thorndyke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thorndyke family to the New World and Oceana
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..
The Thorndyke 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