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Meaning and Name Origin

Thoreau \th(o)-reau\ as a boys' name. Possibly French form of Thorald. The name is made famous by the 19th-century naturalist and author of "Walden" Henry David Thoreau.


Thoreau has 5 different forms via Thorald: Terrell, Terrill, Thorold, Torald and Tyrell.


Thoreau is a rare first name for males and also a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Thoreau and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Thoreau (#unlisted) are Terrell (#822 in 2014), Tyrell and Terrill. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the year 1992 and have become much less widespread since, with the forms Terrell and Tyrell becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Terrell, Terrill, Tyrell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Thoreau and related baby names outside U.S.