Our Thornton ancestors are believed to be fair-haired Norwegian Vikings just like our Luttrell ancestors and both served under William the Conqueror during his invasion of England. No information has been found, however, linking our ancestors to actual people who lived in Normandy or Norway.

Thornton:  Is pronounced THORN-ten. It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "thorn-bush settlement". Place name used as a given name since the 19th century. The Thorntons were originally fair-haired Norwegian Vikings. The Norse spelled Thornton as Thurston. William, The Conqueror, from Normandy, was the great-grandson of Rolla and he was crowned King of England in 1066. (1)

Drennan, Dreinan, Drinane, Drinan and also Meenagh and Meenaghan were interchangeable with Thornton in counties Galway and Mayo, where today Thorntons are numerous.(2)

(1)  Source Unknown.
(2) - Surname Search Thornton

URGENT! The Thornton DNA Project (Family Tree DNA) is seeking Thornton's in Ireland and the UK to participate in the DNA project. Ireland Thornton's interested, please contact me as I may pay for part of the cost.





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