Thurgode is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It 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 Thurgode family
The surname Thurgode was first found in Hertfordshire
where they were descended from Turgod, "a Domesday [Book] baptismal appellation" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
and the name has often been confounded with Toogood.
Early History of the Thurgode family
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Thurgode 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 Thurgode has undergone many spelling variations
, including Thoroughgood, Throwgrood, Thorowgood, Thorogood, Toogood and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurgode family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurgode 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 Thurgode were among those contributors: Richard Throughtgood settled in Virginia in 1630; Dan Thoroughgood settled in Virginia in 1635; along with Sara and Thomas, followed by Mary in 1638; and Elin in 1651.