Show ContentsThorogood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Thorogood surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name Thurgod, an ancient font name. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

Early Origins of the Thorogood family

The surname Thorogood was first found in Hertfordshire where they were descended from Turgod, "a Domesday [Book] baptismal appellation" [1] and the name has often been confounded with Toogood.

Early History of the Thorogood family

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Thorogood Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Thorogood are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Thorogood include: Thoroughgood, Throwgrood, Thorowgood, Thorogood, Toogood and many more.

Early Notables of the Thorogood family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Thorowgood; and Richard Towgood (1595?-1683), an English Royalist clerygman, Dean of Bristol (1667-1683.) Michaijah Towgood (1700-1792), was an English dissenting minister, born at Axminster, Devonshire, and was the second son of Michaijah...
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United States Thorogood migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Thorogood or a variant listed above:

Thorogood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adam Thorogood, aged 18, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship "Charles" [2]

Australia Thorogood migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Thorogood Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Thorogood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Thorogood, (b. 1800), aged 29, English ploughman who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 1st October 1829, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1885 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Thorogood, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Thorogood, (b. 1812), aged 28, English black smith who was convicted in Kent, England for 15 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eden" on 8th July 1840, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1891 [6]

New Zealand Thorogood migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Thorogood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Thorogood, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th February 1857 [7]
  • William Thorogood, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • George Thorogood, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Thorogood (post 1700) +

  • George Thorogood (b. 1951), American blues-rock and rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware
  • Robert Thorogood (b. 1972), English screenwriter, best known as the creator of the BBC 1 Murder Mystery Series, Death in Paradise
  • Jack Thorogood (1911-1970), English professional footballer from Dinnington, England who played from 1930 to 1939
  • Ian Thorogood (b. 1936), former Australian rules footballer and coach who played for Melbourne (1957-1962) and coached Carlton (1976-1977)
  • Alison Thorogood (b. 1960), British sprint canoer at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Timothy "Tim" Rupert Thorogood (1962-2008), British administrator, Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands from 2008 until 2012
  • Simone Thorogood (b. 1979), British television producer
  • Martina Thorogood Heemsen (b. 1975), Venezuelan pageant titleholder, Miss Venezuela 1999

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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