When John William Thorpe was born on 28 December 1872, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, George Thorpe, was 30 and his mother, Grace Thursby, was 31. He married Margaret Jane Bruce on 13 March 1897, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 6 sons. He lived in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom in 1881 and Brightside, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. He died in 1930, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 58.
English (mainly Yorkshire and Lancashire): from Middle English thorp(e) ‘village, hamlet, farmstead’ (Old Norse, Old English thorp ‘secondary settlement’). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in such a settlement, or habitational, for someone from any of several places called Thorp(e), which are most frequent in Yorkshire, the Midlands, and East Anglia. Compare Throop .