Show ContentsThrogmorton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Throgmorton surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they 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

Early Origins of the Throgmorton family

The surname Throgmorton was 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

Some of the family held estates at Weston-Underwood in Buckinghamshire in early times. " In the parish is an ancient [family] seat, now uninhabited, of the Throckmorton family, who have also a neat Roman Catholic chapel here, with a handsome residence for the priest." 3

Early History of the Throgmorton family

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Throgmorton Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Throgmorton include Throckmorton, Throgmortond, Throggmorton and many more.

Early Notables of the Throgmorton family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Sir John Throckmorton or Throgmorton (d. 1445), Under-Treasurer of England, the son of Thomas Throgmorton of Fladbury, Worcestershire

United States Throgmorton migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Throgmorton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Kellam Throgmorton who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia aboard the ship "Discovery" in 1607
  • John Throgmorton, who landed in Virginia in 1618 4
  • Mr. John Throgmorton, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1618 aboard the ship "William and Thomas" 5
Throgmorton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Throgmorton, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 4

Canada Throgmorton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Throgmorton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Spram Throgmorton, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Throgmorton (post 1700) +

  • Sir John Throgmorton Middlemore (1844-1924), 1st Baronet, an English Liberal Unionist politician, Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham North

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

  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.
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. 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)
  5. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from on Facebook