Thackray


Thackray
This unusual name is of Old Norse origin and is either a locational or a topographical surname. If the former, it derives from the place called "Thackray" in the Parish of Great Timble, in West Yorkshire which has now been submerged in the Fewston reservoir. The placenames' meaning and derivation are from the Olde Norse elements "thak", meaning thatching, reeds and "(v)ra", meaning a nook or corner. The topographical surname denotes one who lived at such a "nook or corner" - "where reeds for thatching grew". The name development has included John Thackerowe (1548, Yorkshire), James Thackerey (1602, ibid.) and Thomas Thackwray (1613, ibid.). On February 10th 1642, John, son of John and Ann Thackray was christened at St. Andrews, Holborn, London. The marriage of Robert Thackeray and Margaret Eaton took place on July 22nd 1688 at St. Mary's, St Marylebone Road, London. Probably the most famous bearer of the name was the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863), author of "Vanity Fair" (1848). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de Tha Kwra, which was dated 1379, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Returns, during the reign of King Richard 11, Richard of Bordeaux, 1377 - 1399. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Thackray Museum — Since it opened in 1997 it has won Museum of the Year and other awards.Highlights include Life in Victorian Leeds : visitors walk through a reproduction of slum streets complete with authentic sights, sounds and smells and are invited to follow… …   Wikipedia

  • Jake Thackray — Infobox Writer name = John Philip Jake Thackray imagesize = caption = pseudonym = birthdate = birth date|1938|02|27 birthplace = Pickering, North Yorkshire, England deathdate = death date and age|2002|12|24|1938|02|22 deathplace = Monmouth, South …   Wikipedia

  • Jamie Thackray — Infobox rugby league biography playername = Jamie Thackray fullname = Jamie Thackray nickname = Thackers image size = 200px caption = country = position = Prop currentclub = Hull FC clubnumber = 31 dateofbirth = birth date and age|1979|9|30… …   Wikipedia

  • Jake Thackray — John Philip Jake Thackray (27 Février 1938 24 Décembre 2002) était un auteur compositeur interprète et journaliste britannique né à Leeds et mort à Monmouth au Pays de Galles. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Discographie 2.1 Albums studio …   Wikipédia en Français

  • On Again! On Again! — Studio album by Jake Thackray Released 1977 …   Wikipedia

  • Gail Harris — Infobox Actor name = Gail Harris birthname = Gail Robyn Thackray birthdate = birth date and age|1964|12|16 location = flagicon|UKBatley, Yorkshire, UK height = 5 4 deathdate = othername = Gail Thackray, Robyn Harris homepage =… …   Wikipedia

  • Вероломная восьмёрка — Воссоединение «восьмёрки» в 1988 году. Стоят, сл …   Википедия

  • Everett True — For the cartoon character, see The Outbursts of Everett True. Everett True in 2007 Everett True (born Jerry Thackray in 1961) is a British music journalist, who grew up in Chelmsford, Essex. He became interested in rock music after hearing The… …   Wikipedia

  • Plan B (magazine) — Infobox Magazine title = Plan B image size = image caption = editor = Louis Pattison editor title = Editor staff writer = frequency = Monthly circulation = category = Independent music, Film, Books, Visual art company = Plan B Publishing Limited… …   Wikipedia

  • History of biotechnology — Biotechnology is the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials by biological agents to provide goods and services. [Bud, The Uses of Life , p. 1] From its inception, biotechnology has maintained a close… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.