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Gender: Male Meaning of Thornton: "place in the thorns" Origin of Thornton: English

The name Thornton is a boy's name of English origin meaning "place in the thorns". Thornton and is often added to lists like Unusual Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Your Own Family, Choose Their Family".

From the experts:

Despite Thornton Wilder, playwright of the perennial Our Town, a bit lah-di-dah.

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Famous People Named Thornton

Thornton Niven Wilder, American playwright
Thornton Starr Lee, American baseball player
Thornton Waldo Burgess, American children's author and conservationist
Thornton Dial, American painter
Thornton Willis, American painter
(James Brown) Thornton Chase, American businessman; first Western convert to Bahá'í
Thornton Fletcher Bell, U.S. federal judge

Pop Culture References for the name Thornton

John Thornton, main character in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South"
Thornton Wolff, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Thorntons, the name of a famous British chocolate company



carmenandrea Says:


My brother has our mom's maiden name as his first. His wife's niece has their maiden name name as her first name as well. I think it's a pretty cool idea.

Cheyenne Thornton Says:


Apparently there is a trend to give your child your maiden name as their first name to carry on your father's name if he only had girls. This is a possibility.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I just think of chocolate...!

RoddyThlayli Says:


I actually kind of like this.