Thornton Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Thornton Family History

If you are conducting some Thornton family history research then you can view the Thornton coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Thornton surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Thornton in Ireland is usually of Anglo origin having been brought to the country by settlers in the seventeenth century. Some native Gaelic Septs adopted it as the anglicized version of their Gaelic name however. These include the O'Draighnean Sept of County Galway whose Gaelic name is derived from a word meaning 'blackthorn'.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Thornton Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Bend A bearing of High Honour which signifies Defence or Protection.
Catherine Wheel Symbol of One who is perpared to endure great trials for the Christian Faith
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
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