The present generation of the Thornsberry family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Thornborough found in the counties of Buckinghamshire
and North Yorkshire
. Thornsberry 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 Thornsberry were named due to their close proximity to the stream by the thorns.
Early Origins of the Thornsberry family
The surname Thornsberry 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Thornsberry family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thornsberry research.Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1313, 1391, 1394, 1401, 1414, 1401, 1404, 1416, 1419, 1563, 1593, 1551, 1641, 1593, 1603, 1617, 1588 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Thornsberry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thornsberry Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Thornsberry include Thornborough, Thornbury, Thornberry, Thornborrowe, Thornbery, Thornburgh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thornsberry family (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 for Westmorland
in 1391, 1394, 1401 and 1414. Roland Thornburgh was Member of Parliament for Westmorland
in 1401, 1404, 1416 and 1419. Edward Thornborough (born c.1563) was an English politician, Member... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thornsberry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thornsberry family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Thornsberry were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Thornsberry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Justis Thornsberry, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1923
The Thornsberry 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
Thornsberry Family Crest Products
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.