Meaning and Origin of: Thorn

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Thorn tree

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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 ‘tower’.
  • German : habitational name from the city of Thorn (Toruń in Poland), which was named with Middle High German torn ‘tower’.