Thorn name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Thorn mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Thorn

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  1. A user from Nebraska, U.S. says the name Thorn means "Sharp".
  2. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Thorn means "A character from Wings of Fire; the queen of the SandWings".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Thorn
  1. A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.
  2. [Bot] Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Cratægus, as the haw thorn, white thorn, cockspur thorn.
  3. Fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care."There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me." [2 Cor. xii. 7.]"The guilt of empire, all its thorns and cares, Be only mine." [Southern.]
  4. The name of the Anglo-Saxon letter �, capital form �. It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine.

Etymology: AS. þorn; akin to OS. & OFries. thorn, D. doorn, G. dorn, Dan. torn, Sw. törne, Icel. þorn, Goth. þaúrnus; cf. Pol. tarn, Russ. tern' the blackthorn, ternie thorns, Skr. tṛṇa grass, blade of grass. √53

verb Thorn
To prick, as with a thorn.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something that causes irritation and annoyance ("he's a thorn in my flesh")
  2. A Germanic character of runic origin
  3. A small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
  1. A topographic surname​ for someone living near a thorn bush.

Thorn was also found in the following language(s): German and Westrobothnian

Notable Persons Named Thorn

Notable Persons Named Thorn


Thorn T. Coyle

Thorn was born in 1965.

Thorn Lord

Thorn was born on August 24th, 1906. He passed away on June 16th, 1965.

Thorn Kief Hillsbery

Thorn Darapich

Thorn Darapich is an athlete for the Nagaworld FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thorn

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thorn

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn is a musician. Her ongoing career started in 1980. Tracey was given the name Tracey Anne Thorn on September 26th, 1962 in Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.

Kevin Thorn

Kevin Thorn is a wrestler. Kevin was born on January 17th, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nautica Thorn

Nautica was born on June 13th, 1984 in Waipahu, Hawaii, USA. Nautica is also known as Tokumi and Shauna.

Jesse Thorn

Jesse was born on April 24th, 1981 in San Francisco.

Brad Thorn

Brad Thorn is a rugby player.

Rod Thorn

Rod Thorn is a basketball player for the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and Seattle SuperSonics. His career lasted from 1963 to 1971. Rod was born on May 23rd, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia.

  • Paul Thorn
  • Gaston Thorn
    President of the European Commission
  • Charles Thorn
  • John Thorn
  • Vikki Thorn
  • George Thorn
    Pastoral Farming
  • Edward Rowland Thorn
  • Erin Thorn
    Basketball Player
  • Jim Thorn
    9th President of TheLabour Party
  • Lars Thörn
  • Walter Thorn
  • John Leonard Thorn
  • Frank Manly Thorn
  • Sr. George Thorn

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thorn U.S.
  White 83.80% 64.26%
  African American 9.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thorn

People with the last name Thorn are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Thorn

  • How Popular is the name Thorn? Thorn is the 23,805th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thorn was the 3,569th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thorn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 268 babies born with the first name Thorn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thorn to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thorn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1958 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Thorn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thorn is Wednesday, April 18th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Thorn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thorn was in 1988 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Thorn: The name spelled backwards is Nroht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Otnrh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thorn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,988 people with the last name Thorn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thorn? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Thorn as their last name.
  • Thorn name meaning

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