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Thornton Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Thornton Families

  • Number of Thornton families
     402 - 801
     135 - 401
     1 - 134
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Thornton families
     2,682 - 5,361
     895 - 2,681
     1 - 894
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Thornton families
     106 - 209
     36 - 105
     1 - 35
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Thornton Family Origin

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Thornton Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Thornton

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Thornton Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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