Meaning and Origin of: Thorley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Thor's meadow
  • Old English : Thor's hill

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Northern English : habitational name, in most cases probably a variant of Thornley, although there are places called Thorley (in Hertfordshire (near Bishop’s Stortford) and in the Isle of Wight), which could have contributed to the surname; these are also named from Old English þorn ‘thorn bush’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.