Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scandinavian (mainly Swedish): from a personal name, a short form of any of the various Scandinavian personal names containing the first element Thor (Old Norse þórr), the name of the god of thunder in Scandinavian mythology.
  2. English: from the Anglo-Scandinavian name þōr, þūr, probably short forms of Old Norse compound names in þór-, þúr- (see 1).
  3. German: habitational name for someone who lived by the gates of a town or a metonymic occupational name for someone responsible for guarding them, from Middle High German tor ‘gate’ (modern German Tor). Compare Portmann.
  4. German: nickname from Middle Low German dor, Middle High German tor ‘fool’; also ‘deaf person’.
  5. Southeast Asian: unexplained.

This name appears in the following lists: Ancient Names

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