The earliest mention
of the name Thorning goes back to the 14th century with a Hugh
Thornyng living in Exeter in Devon. There have been several variants
of the name over the years; these are Thorning, Thornyng, Thornynge
and Thornin. It is a localized name solely distributed in the
South Hams area of Devon. Indeed all Thornings of English stock
living today can trace their origins to Devon. There is a train
of thought that there is a connection with the village of Thorning
near Viborg in Denmark, but this is an unproved theory.
The Thornings are thought
to have come to Devon from Denmark several centuries ago; there
is a place called Thorning in Denmark. Thornings throughout the
UK have their roots in Devon, where four main branches of the
family have been identified, originating around Brixton, Newton
Abbot, Salcombe and Slapton.
This website contains
links to downloadable documents containing information about the
four branches of the family: Brixton,
Newton Abbot, Salcombe
and Slapton. There is also
a page of useful
links to relevant maps, pictures etc.
The information on
this website has been researched, collated and arranged by Roy
Thorning, to whom very sincere thanks are due. His painstaking
efforts to uncover the history of Thornings living in the UK will
be of assistance to many people; his hard work is much appreciated.
The information has been collected from many sources over the
years. The author has endeavoured to be as accurate as the information
allows; however if mistakes have been made the author would be
more than happy to put things right greenwood (at)
thorning . info