Thornton Name Meaning & Origin
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Thorntons is synonymous with chocolate and toffee in the UK. mmm.
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- Meanings and history of the name Thornton
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "thorn town" in Old English.
- Famous real-life people named Thornton
Thornton Niven Wilder, American playwright and novelist.
Thornton Lee, American Major League Baseball pitcher.
Thornton Oakley, American artist and illustrator.
Thornton Burgess, American conservationist and children's author.
- Thornton in song, story & screen
John Thornton, called Thornton or Mr Thornton, one of the main characters in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel "North and South"
Rodney Dangerfield's lead character in the 1986 comedy "Back to School" is named Thornton Melon.
In the "Family Guy" episode "Extra Large Medium" (Season 8 Episode 12), Stewie mocks the audience for not knowing the difference between Thornton Melon (fictional buffoon) and Henry David Thoreau (literary giant).