Thornton 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 Thornton mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Thornton

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Thornton means "Old Norse thorn = Thorn = prickly bush. Ton = enclosure".
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International Interest
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  1. American architect (1759-1828)

Old English þorn (“thorn”) + tūn (“settlement”)

  1. Any of several placenames in England, Scotland, and the United States.
    1. A large village in Fylde borough, Lancashire, England, part of the Thornton-Cleveleys conurbation (OS grid ref SD3442)
    2. A village in Fife council area, Scotland (OS grid ref NT2997).
    3. A census-designated place in San Joaquin County, California, United States.
  2. An English and Scottish habitational surname​ from these places.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Thornton

Notable Persons Named Thornton

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder was a writer. Thornton was given the name Thornton Niven Wilder on April 17th, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. He died on December 7th, 1975.

Thornton Burgess

Thornton Burgess was an author of children's books conservationist and conservation (ethic). Thornton was born on January 14th, 1874 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He left this life on June 5th, 1965.

Thornton Blackburn

Thornton was born in 1812. He breathed his last breath in 1890.

Thornton Dial

Thornton was born on September 28th, 1928. He died on January 25th, 2016.

Thornton Leigh Hunt

Thornton Leigh Hunt was a journalist and editor. Thornton was born on September 10th, 1810. He died on June 25th, 1873.

Thornton Wilson

Thornton Wilson was a former ceo and boeing. Thornton was born on February 8th, 1921 in Sikeston, Missouri. He passed away on April 10th, 1999.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thornton

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1986. Billy was born on August 4th, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States.

Pusha T

Pusha T is a hip hop music rapping. He was most active from 1992 to present. Pusha was given the name Terrence Thornton on May 13th, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States.

Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander is an actor, writer, singer, and musician. His career lasted from 2008 to 2008. Olly was given the name Oliver Alexander Thornton on July 15th, 1990 in Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

Young Dolph

Young Dolph is a hip hop music rapping. His ongoing career started in 2010. Young was given the name Adolph Thornton Jr. on August 11th, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Young is also known as Dolph Gabbana.

Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton is a hockey player for the San Jose Sharks in the National Hockey League. He has been prominent since 1997. Joe was born on July 2nd, 1979 in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Kool Keith

Kool Keith is a hip hop music, alternative hip hop, underground hip hop, horrorcore, experimental hip hop, trip hop, and hardcore hip hop rapping and record producer. He plays Rapping, Keyboard instrument, and Bass guitar. His ongoing career started in 1984. Kool was given the name Keith Matthew Thornton on October 7th, 1966. Kool is also known as Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Dr. Ultra, Crazy Lou, and Poppa Large.

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    Hockey Player
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  • Michael E. Thornton
    Military Person
  • Al Thornton
    Basketball Player
  • Madeleine Sherwood
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  • William Thornton

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thornton U.S.
  White 67.42% 64.26%
  African American 27.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.62% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thornton

People with the last name Thornton are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Thornton

  • What name lists does Thornton rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Thornton? Thornton is the 5,279th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thornton was the 373rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thornton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,096 babies born with the first name Thornton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thornton to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thornton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Thornton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thornton is Monday, September 6th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Thornton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thornton was in 1921 with a total of 75 babies.
  • Random Thornton Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thornton is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Virginia have the same name in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Thornton: The name spelled backwards is Notnroht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Trontnho. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thornton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 83,967 people with the last name Thornton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thornton? Thornton was ranked as the 373rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Thornton name meaning

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