When Joseph Barke Thorpe was born on 29 January 1854, in Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Thorpe, was 44 and his mother, Rosamund Bark, was 39. He married Sarah Jane Beless on 17 January 1884, in Needham, Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States for about 50 years. He died on 14 December 1938, at the age of 84, and was buried in Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
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 .