Thurboorne is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Thurburn.
This ancient personal name
was originally derived from the name of the Saxon God of Thunder, Thor.
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 Thurboorne family
The surname Thurboorne was first found in Norfolk
where Thomas filius
Thurbernus (Turberni) was listed 1153-1186. A few years later, Richard Turbern was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198 and later, Richard Thurubern was listed at Ely in Norfolk
in 1277. The name may have been listed in the Domesday Book
as Thurbernus, Turbern and Torbern, CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
but it from the Norfolk
branch that seems the most prevalent in these early years. In Sussex
, the name claims descendancy from Thunder (Thor) or Thunder's Hill at Chittingly. Thor was the name of the ancient Saxon God of Thunder.
Early History of the Thurboorne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thurboorne research.Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1197, 1273, 1327, 1607, 1688, 1656 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Thurboorne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thurboorne Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Thurboorne has undergone many spelling variations
, including Thorburn, Thurburn, Thurbrand, Torburn and others.
Early Notables of the Thurboorne family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurboorne family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Thurboorne were among those contributors: William Thorburn arrived in Virginia in 1716.