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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 Thurgood, who was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086, 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
  • Stuart Anthony Thurgood (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • Neil Jonathan Thurgood (b. 1977), former English cricketer
  • Albert John "The Great" Thurgood (1874-1927), Australian rules footballer
  • Josh Thurgood (b. 1985), former Australian rules footballer


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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 3 June 2015 at 11:09.

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