When John Thornton was born in 1715, in Richmond, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, Mark Thornton, was 29 and his mother, Mary Bruce, was 23. He had at least 7 sons and 2 daughters with Jemima Longworth. He lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1800, in Spartanburg, Pinckney District, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 85.
English and Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places throughout England and Scotland so called, from Old English thorn ‘thorn tree’ + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. The placename is most frequent in northern England, especially Yorkshire, where there are at least 16 possible sources for the surname.
Irish: Anglicized (translated) form of Gaelic Mac Sceacháin ‘son of Sceachán’ (see Skehan ).
Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Draighneáin ‘descendant of Draighneán’ (see Drennan ).
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