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Meaning and Origin

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  1. Outstanding United States athlete (1888-1953)

Various places in England, from Old English þorp.

  1. A common habitational surname​.
  2. Any of various villages in England, including ones in Derbyshire, North Yorkshire and Surrey.

Notable Persons Named Thorpe

Thorpe was born on September 6th, 1898. He died on November 9th, 1970.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thorpe

Jim Thorpe was a football player. Jim was born on May 22nd, 1887 in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. He breathed his last breath on March 28th, 1953.


Ian Thorpe is a swimmer. Ian was born on October 13th, 1982 in Sydney.


Stephen Campbell Moore is an actor. He has been prominent since 2003. Stephen was given the name Stephen Moore Thorpe on November 30th, 1977 in London. Stephen is also known as Thorpe and Stephen (birth name).


Jeremy Thorpe was a for North Devon, Member of Parliament, forNorth Devon, and Leader of the Liberal Party (UK). His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 1976. Jeremy was given the name John Jeremy Thorpe on April 29th, 1929. He breathed his last breath on December 4th, 2014.


Tom Thorpe is a soccer player for the Rotherham United F.C., Manchester United F.C., Birmingham City F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-18 football team. Tom was born on January 13th, 1993 in Manchester, England.


Billy Thorpe was a musician, producer, writer, and multi-instrumentalist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 2007. Billy was given the name William Richard Thorpe on March 29th, 1946. Billy is also known as Little Rock Allen and Puff'n Billy. He died on February 28th, 2007.


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Popularity of Thorpe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thorpe U.S.
  White 68.62% 64.26%
  African American 25.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thorpe

People with the last name Thorpe are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Thorpe

  • How Popular is the name Thorpe? Thorpe is the 80,959th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thorpe was the 1,651st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thorpe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Thorpe in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thorpe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Thorpe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thorpe is Saturday, October 8th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Thorpe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thorpe was in 1971 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Thorpe: Your name in reverse order is Eproht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ptorhe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thorpe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,813 people with the last name Thorpe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thorpe? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Thorpe as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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