Last name: THORNTON

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THORNTON : This last name is indexed 328,661 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

THORNTON : 1: English and Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called from Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’ + tūn ‘farmstead estate’. The placename is most frequent in northern England especially Yorkshire where there are at least 16 possible sources for the surname.2: Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ (see Skehan).3: Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ (see Drennan).4: Irish: possibly a translated form of Gaelic Ó Muineacháin (see Monahan).

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