Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- German: habitational name from the city of Thorn
(Toruń in Poland), which was named with Middle High German
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