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Thornberry Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Thornborough in North Yorkshire (Thornebergh in 12th-century records) or Thornbrough in Northumberland and North Yorkshire (T(h)orneburg in 13th-century records). The former is probably so named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + beorg ‘hill’; the latter from þorn + burh ‘fort’. Other possible though less likely sources are Thornbury in Devon, Gloucestershire, or Herefordshire, which are all named from Old English þorn + byrig, dative of burh ‘fortified place’. Possibly an Americanized spelling of Swedish Thornberg.

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

Similar surnames: Thornley, Hornby, Thorley, Thornberg, Rowberry, Thorner, Horner

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Thornberry Family Origin

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Thornberry Family Occupations

What did your Thornberry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Thornberry occupation in the UK was Artist Oil Paintings. 14% of Thornberry's were Artist Oil Paintingss. Artist Oil Paintings, Brass Founder and Charwoman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thornberry. A less common occupation for the Thornberry family was Dealer In China & Ware.

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  • Artist Oil Paintings

  • Brass Founder

  • Charwoman

  • Dealer In China & Ware


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Thornberry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Thornberry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thornberry 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 706 immigration records available for the last name Thornberry. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Thornberry. For the veterans among your Thornberry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thornberry Life Expectancy

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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Thornberry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Thornberry in 1957 was 55, and 71 in 2004.

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