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Thorn Family History

Thorn Name Meaning

English and Danish: topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush or hedge (Old English, Old Norse þorn). The name is also found in Sweden. English: habitational name from a place named with Old English, Old Norse þorn ‘thorn bush’ (see 1), for example Thorne in Kent, Somerset, and South Yorkshire. North German and Danish: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, from Middle Low German torn ‘tower’. German: habitational name from the city of Thorn (Torun in Poland), which was named with Middle High German torn ‘tower’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Horn, Thor, Thurn, Thorne, Torr, Torno, Thoen, Corn, Schorn, Hirn

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Where is the Thorn family from?

You can see how Thorn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Thorn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Thorn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 134 Thorn families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Thorn's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Thorn families in 1911.
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What did your Thorn ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Thorn. 37% of Thorn men worked as a Farmer and 30% of Thorn women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Thorn were Laborer and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Machinist
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 178,000 census records available for the last name Thorn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thorn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Thorn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Thorn. For the veterans among your Thorn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Thorn lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Thorn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Thorn in 1943 was 31, and 73 in 2004.

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