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Thornton Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ (see Skehan). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ (see Drennan). Irish: possibly a translated form of Gaelic Ó Muineacháin (see Monahan).

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


Similar surnames: Horton, Thorton, Houston, Thorington, Thurston, Charlton, Harton

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Thornton Family Origin

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Thornton Family Occupations

What did your Thornton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Thornton occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 3% of Thornton's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Thornton family was Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thornton.

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  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Thornton ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Thornton Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Thornton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thornton 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Thornton. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Thornton. For the veterans among your Thornton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Thornton Life Expectancy

What is the average Thornton lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Thornton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Thornton in 1943 was 41, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Thornton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Thornton ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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