Thornhill Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Thornhill Family History

If you are conducting some Thornhill family history research then you can view the Thornhill coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Thornhill surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'



THORNHILL

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The family history of the ancient name Thornhill was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Thornhill include Thornell, Tornill, Tornell and Thornhil. This is a locality name meaning 'of Thornhill' from the extensive parish close to Wakefield in Yorkshire. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Willelmus Thornyll and a Leticia de Thornhyll who were recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A Walter de Thornhille of County Somerset was recorded in 'Kirby's Quest' during the reign of Edward III. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

This name is also well known in Counties Cork and Limerick.The Thornhill family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Thornhill descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Thornhill Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Sword Symbol of Government and Justice
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