Thornton Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Thornton Name Meaning: An English name for a dwelling surrounded by a thorn hedge/bush.

A name given to someone who lived in a thorn hedge/bush settlement or who was named after a place named 'Thornton'.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Thornton Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Thornton family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 232
Female Servant 215
Independent 179
Weaver 114
Male Servant 101
Labourer 93
Farmer 73
Coal Miner 46
Cotton Weaver 44
Wool Comber 40
Tailor 34
Dress Maker 29
Fancy Weaver 28
Shoe Maker 27
Clothier 27
Stone Mason 25
Blacksmith 23
Cloth Dresser 23
Frame Work Knitter 22
Ag Labourer 22
Joiner 22
Carpenter 20
Mason 18
Grocer 17
Slater 17

Thornton Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Thornton 100% 95,721
2 Thronton 75% 1,139

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The surname Thornton is the most popular version of all its varients

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