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Thorn Family History

Thorn Name Meaning

English and Danish: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge (Old English Old Norse thorn Middle English thorn(e) torn(e)). The name is also found in Sweden. English: habitational name from a place called with Old English Old Norse thorn ‘thorn bush’ (see 1 above) 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’. North German: nickname from Middle Low German torn(e) tarn ‘anger’. German: habitational name from the city of Thorn (Toruń 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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Where is the Thorn family from?

You can see how Thorn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thorn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thorn families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 824 Thorn families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Thorn's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Thorn families in 1891.
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What did your Thorn ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Thorn. 8% of Thorn men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Thorn women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thorn were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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What is the average Thorn lifespan?

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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