Thornycroft History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Thornycroft family

The surname Thornycroft was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat anciently as Lords of the manor of Thornycroft Hall.

"The family that rose here has spread its roots all over England. 'Richard, lord of Siddington, confirms and quit claims to Richard, the son of Hamo de Thornicroft, all his right, Sic, in certain lands and tenements in a certain place called Thornicroft, in Sydyngton." [1] Earwaker's East Cheshire lists Richard de Thornicroft there in 1361 and later the same source notes Hugh Thornicroft, of Thornicroft in 1436.

Early History of the Thornycroft family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thornycroft research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1701, 1743, 1631, 1692, 1659, 1725, 1697, 1691, 1743, 1663 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Thornycroft History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thornycroft Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thornicroft, Thornycroft, Thorneycroft, Thorncraft and many more.

Early Notables of the Thornycroft family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Thornycroft, 1st Baronet (1659-1725), an English Barrister-at-Law, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1697. His son was Sir John Thornycroft, 2nd Baronet (1691-1743) but...
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Migration of the Thornycroft family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Thornicroft settled in Virginia in 1698; Thomas Thorncraft arrived in New York in 1822.


Contemporary Notables of the name Thornycroft (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Thornycroft (1815-1885), British sculptor, born in Cheshire
  • Mary Thornycroft (1814-1895), British scupltress, born at Thornham, Norfolk, daughter of John Francis (1780–1861), the sculptor, wife of Thomas
  • Isaac Thomas Thornycroft (1881-1955), British motorboat racer, gold medalist at the 1908 Olympics
  • Sir John Edward Thornycroft KBE (1872-1960), British shipbuilder
  • Sir John Isaac Thornycroft (1843-1928), British marine engineer, founder of the Thornycroft shipbuilding company
  • Sir William "Hamo" Thornycroft (1850-1925), British sculptor, son of Thomas and Mary


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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