Thackeray Surname Genealogy
place-name Thackray in north Yorkshire was the source for
- Thackray being the largest in number
- Thackeray being the
- and Thackrah and Thackery being two other less known
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
Thakwra in the Yorkshire poll tax records
Thackeray/Thackray Resources on
- Descendants of William Thackray of Fewston
Early Thackrays in Yorkshire.
- Thackray History
Thackrays in Grewelthorpe, Yorkshire.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Biography of William Thackeray.
- Why Bal Thackeray Had an English Surname
Thackerays in India.
surname spelling in
Yorkshire was becoming Thackwray by the 16th century.
fined for taking greenwood in 1522 and William Thackwray was fined for
wood in 1571.”
One family line, sometimes Thackwray, began with William
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
- 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.
his daughter Anne, later Lady Ritchie, who became the custodian of his
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
Thackrah, born in Leeds in 1795, was a pioneer in the field of
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
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
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.
James Thackwray from Stockton who came to Bucks county, Pennsylvania in
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.
years 1828 and 1829 were disaster years for him.
son John Thackwray died during
elephant hunt in 1828. Another son
William was killed by Hottentots in 1829, just after his father William
died. Joseph and James were the two
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
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.
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.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
a surgeon from Leeds, was an early 19th century pioneer in the field of
was a famous Victorian writer, best-known for his novel Vanity Fair which came out in
serialized form in 1847.
a fiery Indian politician in the state of Maharashtra until his death
Select Thackerays/Thackrays Today
- 4,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 1,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)
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