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Recorded in several spellings including Thorburn, Thorbon, Thurbon and Thurborn, this surname is English. It is a derivation from the ancient Norse (pre 7th Century) personal name 'Thor-biorn'. This originates from the gods name 'Thor' as in the modern weekday 'Thursday', and 'biorn', a warrior. The Vikings and the Anglo - Saxons were very keen on these compounds, as were the eleventh century Norman's, who themselves were of Scandinavian origins, and jokingly known as 'The walking Vikings'. This all round international popularity accounts for the survival of the name into the later 'surname' period, when many 'Olde English' baptismal names were lost.

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