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