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

Throckmorton is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Throckmorton (Throckmorten) in Worcestershire. The village dates back to 1176 when it was first listed as Trochemerton and possibly meant "farmstead by a pool with a beam bridge," from the Old English words "troc" + "mere" + "tun." [1]


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Throckmorton family name include Throckmorton, Throgmortond, Throggmorton and many more.

First found in Worcestershire at Throckmorton, a chapelry, in the parish of Fladbury, union of Pershore, Middle division of the hundred of Oswaldslow "where John de Trockemerton, the supposed ancestor of this family, was living about the year 1200. From this John descended, after many generations, another 'John Throkmerton,' who was according to Leland, 'the first settler up of his name to any worship in Throckmerton village." [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Throckmorton research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1515, 1571, 1554, 1584, 1579, 1628, 1606, 1664, 1628, 1681, 1658, 1682, 1630, 1663, 1656 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Throckmorton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Throckmorton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Throckmorton surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Throckmorton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Throckmorton, who landed in New England in 1631
  • John Throckmorton, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631
  • John and George Throckmorton settled in Boston in 1631 along with Patience and Rebecca
  • John Throckmorton (16011684), English settler of Providence who sailed aboard the Lion as a freeman in 1631, eponym of Throggs Neck, New York City
  • Robert Throckmorton, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Throckmorton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gabriel Throckmorton, who arrived in Virginia in 1737
  • Robert Throckmorton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • Mordecous Throckmorton, who landed in Mississippi in 1799


  • Miranda Nicole Throckmorton (b. 1992), American sprint car driver
  • Harold A. Throckmorton (1897-1958), American tennis player who played at the 1917 US Championships
  • General John Lathrop Throckmorton (1913-1986), American Assistant Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (1959 to 1960)
  • Joseph Throckmorton (1800-1872), American steamboat builder and captain
  • Dr. William Edward Throckmorton (1795-1843), American settler to Texas, eponym of Throckmorton County
  • Peter Throckmorton (b. 1990), American journalist and underwater archaeologist, founding member of the Sea Research Society
  • Tom Bentley Throckmorton (1885-1961), American neurologist, best known for for describing Throckmorton's reflex
  • James Fron "Sonny" Throckmorton (b. 1941), American country music singer and songwriter
  • James W Throckmorton (1825-1894), American politician, 12th Governor of Texas, U.S. Representative, Texas Senator
  • Sir Robert George Throckmorton (1800-1862), 8th Baronet, an English Whig and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1831 to 1835


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: Virtus sola nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue is the only nobility.


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Throckmorton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Throckmorton 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.

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