Thoroughgood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Thoroughgood is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that 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 Thoroughgood family

The surname Thoroughgood 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 Thoroughgood family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thoroughgood research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1683, 1667, 1683, 1700, 1792, 1715, 1669, 1647 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Thoroughgood History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thoroughgood Spelling Variations

Thoroughgood has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Thoroughgood have been found, including Thoroughgood, Throwgrood, Thorowgood, Thorogood, Toogood and many more.

Early Notables of the Thoroughgood 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 Thoroughgood migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Thoroughgoods to arrive on North American shores:

Thoroughgood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Adam Thoroughgood, from Norfolk, baptised in 1604 who landed in Virginia in 1621 and settled near Chesapeake Bay; his house Adam Thoroughgood House is now an historic museum [2]
  • Thomas Thoroughgood, who landed in Virginia in 1628 [2]
  • Dan Thoroughgood, who settled in Virginia in 1635 along with Sara and Thomas
  • Mary Thoroughgood, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Elin Thoroughgood, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Thoroughgood migration to Australia +

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

Thoroughgood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Thoroughgood (post 1700) +

  • Adam Thoroughgood (1604-1640), English-born, American colonist and community leader in the Virginia Colony
  • Albert Thoroughgood Buick (1875-1948), Scottish footballer


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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