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The Thurtle surname is derived from an Old Norse personal name, which was in common use throughout England during the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Thurtle family

The surname Thurtle was first found in Yorkshire where the family name was first referenced in the 11th century when they held estates in that shire. [1]

Thurkill, Thorkill or Turgesius (d. 845), was the Danish king of North Ireland and presumed to have been the son of Harold Harfagr as Snorri Sturleson. "He has, however, with more probability been identified with Ragnar Lodbrok, the half-mythical king of Denmark and Norway. As Thurkill he arrived in Ireland with a royal fleet in 832. He took Dublin in the same year, and afterwards assumed the government of all the northmen in Ireland. A few years later, perhaps in 841, Thurkill drove out the abbot of Armagh and assumed the abbacy. in 845, he was taken prisoner by Malachy, then king of Meath (afterwards king of Ireland), and drowned in Loch Owel in what is now Westmeath. " [2]

His brother, Thurkill or Thorkill (fl. 1009), was a Danish invader, is said to have come to England to avenge a brother, possibly one of the victims of the massacre of St. Brice's Day, 13 Nov. 1002. [2]

Roger de Thurkilbi (d. 1260), was an early English judge, the son and heir of Thomas de Thurkilbi, who took his name from a hamlet in the parish of Kirby Grindalyth in the East Riding of Yorkshire. [2]

Early History of the Thurtle family

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Thurtle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thirkell, Thirkeld, Thirkill, Thirkel, Thirkle, Thirkill, Therkle, Therkill, Therkill, Therkill, Therkeld, Thurkell, Thurkettel, Thurkettle, Thirkettle, Thurtle, Thorkill, Thurkill, Thirhill, Therkhill, Turkell, Tirkell, Terkill, Turgell, Turgill, Tergill, Toghill, Tirchell, Tirchill and many more.

Early Notables of the Thurtle family

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Migration of the Thurtle family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Thirkell, who came to New York in 1801; Thomas Thirkell, who settled in New York in 1801; John Thurkeld, and his wife Mary Farmer, who came to Alexandria VA in 1820.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook