Origin of the Name Thorn
The ancient history of the name Thorn
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Thorn
include Thorne, Thornes and Thorns. This is a locality name meaning 'at the thorns' from thorn bushes or clump of thorns, from a residence thereby. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in the above country. Examples of such are a Hugh Thorne, of County Cambridgeshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A John de Thorn of County Devonshire, was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland Thorn and its variants were introduced into Ulster by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. Thorn is also an occasional variant of Thoran and Thornton.
The Thorn coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Thorn descendants.