Thornton


Thornton households in mid-nineteenth century Ireland


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Surname Dictionary

Ó Draighneáin Drennan, Thornton: cuíosach líonmhar: Laois-Cill Chainnigh & rl; Thornton atá orthu i gConnachta. Bhí clanna in nGaillimh & an Clár. Brí: draighneán, an tor deilgneach prunus spinosa ar a mbíonn an airne mar thoradh. Scoláire dílis Gaeilge a b'ea Muiris Ó Droighneáin (1901-79) ó Chorcaigh a shaothraigh i mBéal Feirste. Scríobh sé An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge, leabhar fóinteach atá leasaithe anois ag M.A. Ó Murchú.
Ó Toráin Torrens: líonmhar i gCúige Uladh ach is deacair a rá cé mhéid díobh a bhaineann leis an sloinne dúchasach sa a bhí i nDoire tráth. Tá Torrance líonmhar in Albain. Is ionann tor agus túr agus, go meafarach, tiarna.
Thornton numerous: all areas, especially Connacht, Derry, S Ulster, N Midlands. This is a portmanteau English name for: Ó Draighneáin, Mac Sceacháin, Ó Toráin. The connection is: draighean, blackthorn; sceach, whitethorn; tor, a bush. MacLysaght remarks that some Thorntons in Limerick were 16 cent planters. See Drennan, Skehan.

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