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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.

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

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


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Thorndyke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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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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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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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