What does Thoreau mean?
Thoreau /tho-re-au/ [2 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Thoreau?
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 (outside Top 1000) ranked in the Top 1000 are Terrell (#822 in 2014), Tyrell and Terrill. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in the year 1992 (usage of 0.445%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.0593%, 86.7% less), with the forms Terrell and Tyrell becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)