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

The Thurgood family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes 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.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Thurgood include Thoroughgood, Throwgrood, Thorowgood, Thorogood, Toogood and many more.

First found in Hertfordshire where they were descended from Turgod, "a Domesday [Book] baptismal appellation" [1] and the name has often been confounded with Toogood.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thurgood research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1683, 1667 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Thurgood History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thurgood Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thurgood Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Charles Thurgood, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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  • Graham Thurgood, American professor at California State University, Chico
  • Neil Jonathan Thurgood (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Stuart Anthony Thurgood (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • Josh Thurgood (b. 1985), former Australian rules footballer
  • Albert John "The Great" Thurgood (1874-1927), Australian rules footballer


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Thurgood Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thurgood 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.

This page was last modified on 15 October 2015 at 13:46.

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