Thackeray

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Thackeray Surname Genealogy

The
place-name Thackray in north Yorkshire was the source for
four
Yorkshire surnames
:

  • Thackray being the largest in number
  • Thackeray being the
    most well-known
  • and Thackrah and Thackery being two other less known
    names.

The name derived from the Old Norse elements thak,
meaning “thatching reeds,” and vra, meaning a “nook”
or “corner.”
  The
earliest documented appearances of the surname were Johannes and
Robertus de
Thakwra in the Yorkshire poll tax records

of 1379.

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EnglandThe
surname spelling in
Yorkshire was becoming Thackwray by the 16th century.

 

“In the court at Ilkley in 1522, James Thackwray was
fined for taking greenwood in 1522 and William Thackwray was fined for
cutting
wood in 1571.”


North Yorkshire.
One family line, sometimes Thackwray, began with William
Thackray at
Fewston in the Harrogate district of Yorkshire around the year 1630.  And there was another line from another
William Thackray at Weston Otley recorded around the same time.

Nearby at Hampsthwaite in Nidderdale parish was the Thackeray/Thackwray
family of yeoman farmers.  They were the
ancestors of William Thackeray
the famous Victorian
writer.  His
line ran
through:

  • the Rev. Thomas Thackeray, the Headmaster at Harrow
    School, and William’s
    father Richmond Thackeray, a high-ranking member of the East India
    Company in Calcutta.
  • and
    his daughter Anne, later Lady Ritchie, who became the custodian of his
    literary
    legacy.

Leeds and
Hull
.  The name also spread further south in the
West Riding, into the Leeds area.  The
spelling here was often Thackrah.
William Thackrah, for instance, was baptized at Mill Hill in
Leeds in
1732.
  Charles
Thackrah, born in Leeds in 1795, was a pioneer in the field of
occupational
medicine.

The main spelling here by the 19th century, however, was Thackray.  Charles Thackray was a pharmacist who opened
a chemist shop in Leeds in 1902.  In
less than a century the corner shop grew into one of Britain’s leading
medical
companies.  In recognition his grandson
Paul Thackray opened the Thackray Medical Museum in
Leeds in 1997.

Meanwhile there were some Thackerays in Hull
where Thomas Thackeray was the mayor in 1604 and 1624.
Later Thackerays appeared at Sculcoates, a Hull
suburb.

America.
There
were two notable early Quaker families in
America
from Yorkshire with
the Thackara and Thackray names:

  • Thomas Thackara from Leeds who arrived with his
    wife Esther in New Jersey in 1681.  
  • and
    James Thackwray from Stockton who came to Bucks county, Pennsylvania in
    1720.

South
Africa
William Thackwray from Wetherby
was with his
family one of the pioneer British settlers in South Africa in 1820.  He was allocated land in the Eastern Cape.

The
years 1828 and 1829 were disaster years for him.
His
son John Thackwray died during
an
elephant hunt
in 1828.  Another son
William was killed by Hottentots in 1829, just after his father William
had
died.  Joseph and James were the two
surviving sons.

Australia.  Elizabeth Thackery from Manchester was the last known
survivor of the First Fleet when she died in 1856.
She arrived in 1788 and was generally known
throughout her long lifetime as the first convict female to land in
Australia.

In
1810 she married Samuel King, a soldier who had arrived with the First
Fleet.  They settled in the Derwent
valley and were married for forty-six years.

India.  Thackeray
is also an
Indian surname
.  It was first adopted by
the Indian writer
Keshev Sitaram who became known
as Prabodhankar
Thackeray.  His son the politician Bal
Thackeray made the name even more well-known in India.

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Thackeray/Thackray Miscellany

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Thackeray/Thackray Names

Charles
Thackrah
,
a surgeon from Leeds, was an early 19th century pioneer in the field of
occupational medicine.
William Thackeray

was a famous Victorian writer, best-known for his novel Vanity Fair which came out in
serialized form in 1847.

Bal Thackeray

was
a fiery Indian politician in the state of Maharashtra until his death
in 2012.



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  • 4,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 1,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

 

 

 

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