Early Origins of the Thourault family
The surname Thourault was first found in Lincolnshire
, where they claim descent from Theroldus de Buckenhuld, Sheriff of Lincolnshire
in 1052 whose descendant Sir Richards Thorold of Selby was living during the reign of Edward III. He married Joan, daughter and heiress of Robert de Haugh, of Marston. And it is from this marriage a son was born, William Thorold, Lord of Marston. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, Sir Bernard, C.B. LL.D The General Armory of England Scotland, Ireland and Wales. London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, 1884, Print.
Looking back further in Normandy
, the family is a branch of the DeVers, from Ver near Bayeux where Alberic de Ver witnessed a Breton
charter in 1058. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
"It comes to us from Normandy, where Turold was one of the preceptors of William the Conqueror, and his Grand-Constable at the time on the Conquest. The name TUROLD occurs upon the Bayeux Tapestry
, designating one of the ambassadors dispatched by the Norman Duke to Guy, Earl of Ponthieu. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later listing of the name include: Toroudus, Toroldus presbiter 1143-1147 in Lincolnshire; Robertus filius
Thoradi, a Templar in Yorkshire
in 1185; and William Turolde listed in the Pipe Rolls
Early History of the Thourault family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thourault research.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1677, 1661, 1677, 1632, 1633, 1664, 1717, 1666 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Thourault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thourault Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Thourault are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Thourault include Thorold, Thorald, Thorrold, Thorrald, Therould and others.
Early Notables of the Thourault family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Samuel Thorold of Harmeston; Sir William Thorold, 1st Baronet
(1591-1677), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1677, and Sheriff... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thourault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thourault family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Thourault, or a variant listed above: Jacob and Sarah Therould settled in New York in 1686 with two children.
The Thourault Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cervus non servus
Motto Translation: A stag not enslaved.