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" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
and the name has often been confounded with Toogood.
Early History of the Thorogood family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thorogood research.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1683, 1667 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Thorogood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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)
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Migration of the Thorogood family to the New World and Oceana
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, who settled in Virginia in 1621
- Adam Thorogood, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Thorogood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- 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