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Early Origins of the Thurman family

The surname Thurman was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Early History of the Thurman family

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Thurman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thorman, Thormann, Thormans, Thormanns, Thormanes, Thormannes, Thormane, Thormanne, Thorrman, Thorrmann, Thoorman, Thoormann, Thurman, Thurmann, Torman, Tureman and many more.

Early Notables of the Thurman family

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Thurman Ranking

In the United States, the name Thurman is the 1,221st most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. 1

United States Thurman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thurman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Thurman, who landed in Maryland in 1678 2
Thurman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Thurman, who landed in Virginia in 1703 2
  • William Miller Thurman, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1799 2
Thurman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Thurman, who arrived in Arkansas in 1894 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Thurman (post 1700) +

  • Howard Thurman (1899-1981), American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader
  • Scotty Thurman (b. 1974), American professional basketball player
  • Michael Richard Thurman (b. 1973), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman (b. 1941), American Buddhist writer and academic, father of Uma Thurman
  • Uma Thurman (b. 1970), award-winning American actress best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino 3
  • Nena Thurman, Mexican-American model
  • Maxwell Thurman (1931-1995), American general, who led the US invasion of Panama in 1989
  • Wallace Henry Thurman (1902-1934), American author
  • Odell Lamar Thurman (b. 1983), American NFL linebacker
  • Allen GranBerry Thurman, American Democratic Representative and Senator from Ohio

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  • William Thomas Alexander Thurman (d. 1942), British Stoker Petty Officer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking 4

Suggested Readings for the name Thurman +

  • Descendants of Arthur Massey, Cheraws District, South Carolina, 1769, with Allied Lines of Thurman and Tucker by Carmae Massey Smith.
  • The Stroms of South Carolina by Samuel T. Strom.
  • The Thurmond Family: A Black Lineage by Sameera V. Thurmond.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Uma Thurman. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Uma Thurman. Retrieved from
  4. Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook