Thurlow is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Thurlow 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 Thurlow family
The surname Thurlow 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 Thurlow family
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Thurlow Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Thurlow, Thurlough, Thurlowe, Thurloe, Thurlo, Thurlows, Thurles and many more.
Early Notables of the Thurlow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Thurlow family to Ireland
Some of the Thurlow 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 Thurlow family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Thurlow name or one of its variants:
Thurlow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry G Thurlow, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 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)
Thurlow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Thurlow, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Thurlow (post 1700)
- Stephen Charles "Steve" Thurlow (b. 1942), former American NFL football running back who played from 1964 to 1968
- Alec Thurlow, English football goalkeeper who played from 1946 to 1949 for Manchester City
- The Very Rev Alfred Gilbert Goddard Thurlow (1911-1991), Anglican dean and author, Dean of Gloucester (1972-1982)
- Thomas Thurlow (1737-1791), English bishop, Bishop of Lincoln (1779-1787) and Bishop of Durham (1787-1791)
- Clifford Thurlow (b. 1952), English journalist, described by some as "one of the UK's best ghostwriters"
- Edward Thurlow (1731-1806), 1st Baron Thurlow, English politician, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain for fourteen years, eponym of the West and East Thurlow Islands, British Columbia, so named by Captain George Vancouver
- Thomas Thurlow (1813-1899), renowned English sculptor, known for his many works in churches in the Saxmundham, Suffolk area
- Gillian Thurlow, New Zealand former association football player who played for the New Zealand National Team in 1994
- Bryan Alfred Thurlow (1936-2002), British former professional footballer who played in the 1950s
- Jackson Thurlow (b. 1994), Australian rules footballer
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Thurlow 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.