The name Thoreau is a boy's name of French origin. Thoreau and is often added to lists like Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".
From the experts:
This Unique-Baby-Names">unique baby name evokes the calm and tranquility of Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond. While Thoreau does not have a specific meaning, sources say it's related to the names Terry, Thierry, Theodore, and Thor, which may mean "ruler of the people" or (in the case of the mythological Thor) "thunder".