Today's generation of the Thurles family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Thurles family lived in Suffolk
, at Thurlow
which was in turn derived from the Old English word tryohlaw,
meaning dweller by the hill.
Early Origins of the Thurles family
The surname Thurles was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Thurlow. Conjecturally, they are descended from Godric, the holder of the King's lands of Great and Little Thurlow at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086, a census initiated by King William, Duke of Normandy
after his conquest of England
in 1066. The village at that time consisted of a Church and 33 goats. Today Little Thurlow is a village and civil parish in the St Edmundsbury district and has a population of about 230 as of 2005.
Early History of the Thurles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thurles research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1775 and are included under the topic Early Thurles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thurles 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 Thurles include Thurlow, Thurlough, Thurlowe, Thurloe, Thurlo, Thurlows, Thurles and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurles family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurles family to Ireland
Some of the Thurles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Thurles 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 Thurless to arrive on North American shores: Abram Thurlo who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821.
The Thurles 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: Justitiae soror fides
Motto Translation: Fidelity is the sister of justice.