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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

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  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%

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

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Thornton Historical Records

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Thornton Life Expectancy

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Famous Thornton Family

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John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
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Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Albert Einstein1879 - 1955 (76)

Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
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James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
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