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The ancestors of the name Thornell date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the parish of Thornhill in the county of Yorkshire. The surname Thornell is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Thornell Early Origins



The surname Thornell was first found in Yorkshire at Thornhill where they trace their descent from "Gerneber, a noble Saxon who possessed large tracts of land before the Conquest in 1066. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"This place was the seat of the Thornhill family, for many generations proprietors of the manor. " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Fixby in the West Riding of Yorkshire was another ancient family seat. "This place, called in Domesday Book Feslei, was at an early period the property of a family to whom it gave name; it afterwards passed to the Toothills, and from them, by marriage, to the ancient family of Thornhill, of whom mention occurs in 1577 as holding lands of Queen Elizabeth in Fekisby, as of her demesne of Wakefield." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
". In the 15th of Edward II., John de Thornhill held the manor [of Foulridge, Lancashire]; and by marriage with his daughter, Sir Henry Saville became possessed of the property in 1404." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Thornell Spelling Variations


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Thornell Spelling Variations



Thornell has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Thornhill, Thornhull, Thornall, Thornehill, Thornell and many more.

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Thornell Early History


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Thornell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thornell research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1675 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Thornell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thornell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thornell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thornell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thornell In Ireland


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Thornell In Ireland



Some of the Thornell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Thornells to arrive on North American shores:

Thornell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Thornell, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • Thomas Thornell, aged 43, landed in New York in 1812
  • T. Thornell, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Charles E. Thornell, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Oscar Thornell, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1898

Thornell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maria Thornell, aged 63, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Mrs Henry L. Thornell, aged 50, who arrived at New York, in 1907
  • Marie C. Thornell, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1921
  • Sigurd Thornell, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1921
  • James Thornell, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Sydney, Australia, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thornell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thornell (post 1700)



  • John Thornell (b. 1985), Australian bronze medalist long jumper
  • Max Thornell (b. 1970), Swedish musician
  • Jack Thornell (b. 1939), American photographer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Thornell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thornell 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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