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Origins of the Thorpe surname

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About the Thorpes

We have a total number of 137548 records for people with the last name Thorpe.

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Where do most Thorpes live?

In 1921, most Thorpes lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Thorpes

How common is your surname?

340th most common surname in the UK

We have 123,000 records for the Thorpe surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Thorpes most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Thorpes.

What are the most common Thorpe first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Thorpe family members

Common jobs for Thorpes

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Thorpes in 1921


Cotton Weaver




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Thorpes in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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