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Where did the English Thorogood family come from? What is the English Thorogood family crest and coat of arms? When did the Thorogood family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Thorogood family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thorogood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Adam Thorogood, who arrived in Virginia in 1621

Thorogood Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Thorogood arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • George Thorogood, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874


  • George Thorogood (b. 1951), American blues-rock and rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jack Thorogood (1911-1970), English professional footballer
  • Robert Thorogood (b. 1972), English screenwriter
  • Alison Thorogood (b. 1960), British sprint canoer at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Ian Thorogood (b. 1936), former Australian rules footballer
  • 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


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Thorogood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thorogood 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.

This page was last modified on 15 October 2015 at 13:46.

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