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The surname of THORNENLOE was a locational name 'of Thornley' a township in the parish of Kelloe, County Durham. The name is also spelt THORNELOW and THORNELEY. Early records of the name mention John Thornelie, County Cheshire, who registered at Oxford University in the year 1581. Thomas Thornley married Joanna Longe, in London in the year of 1588. Richard Thornley of Chipping, Lancashire, was listed in the Wills at Richmond in 1662. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. The Old English word TORN, was undoubtably brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the earliest of the name recorded is TORN (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1066. The name literally meant the dweller at the thorn-bushes, from residence nearby. The first element of THORN was a very common medieval name. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2020

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