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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German (Thörner) : topographic name for someone who lived by a thorn bush, or habitational name for someone from a place called Thorn (see Thorn 3 and 4).
  • German : occupational name for a watchman on a tower.
  • Swedish : ornamental name composed of the elements torn, törne ‘thorn bush’ + the suffix -er, from German.

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