Thorn Family History

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Thorn Name Meaning

English and Danish: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge (Old English, Old Norse þorn). The name is also found in Sweden. English: habitational name from a place named with Old English, Old Norse þorn ‘thorn bush’ (see 1), for example Thorne in Kent, Somerset, and South Yorkshire. North German and Danish: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, from Middle Low German torn ‘tower’. German: habitational name from the city of Thorn (Torun in Poland), which was named with Middle High German torn ‘tower’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Horn, Thor, Thurn, Thorne, Torr, Torno, Thoen, Corn, Schorn, Hirn

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Thorn Family Origin

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Thorn Family Occupations

What did your Thorn ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Thorn family was Painter. The most common Thorn occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Thorn's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thorn.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Painter


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Thorn Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Thorn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thorn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Thorn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Thorn. For the veterans among your Thorn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thorn Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Thorn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Thorn in 1943 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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