Today's generation of the Thurlby family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Thurlby family lived in Hertfordshire
, at Thorley.
Early Origins of the Thurlby family
The surname Thurlby was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Thorley at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
Census in 1086, a census initiated by King William, Duke of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066 A.D. In 1086, Thorley consisted of a Mill and a village and was held by Rodhere from the Bishop of London who was the tenant
in chief. Conjecturally, the Thorleys are descended from this Norman noble.
Early History of the Thurlby family
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Thurlby Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Thurlby include Thorley, Thorleigh, Thawley, Thurley, Thurlby, Thurleigh and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurlby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurlby family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Thurlbys to arrive on North American shores:
Thurlby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Hen Thurlby, who landed in Virginia in 1650 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Thurlby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Thurlby, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1853
Contemporary Notables of the name Thurlby (post 1700)
- Paul Stuart Thurlby, English newspaper illustrator based in London
- Thomas Newman "Tom" Thurlby (b. 1938), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey defenceman from Kingston, Ontario
The Thurlby 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: Fide et fiducia
Motto Translation: By fidelity and confidence.