Gender: Male Origin of Thoreau: French surname and literary name

Thoreau Origin and Meaning

The name Thoreau is a boy's name of French origin.

This 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".

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faithnamer Says:


All I hear is the word "throw" when I read this name, but it is pretty nice!