What does Thornton mean?
Thornton \th(o)-rn-ton, thor-nton\ as a boys' name is pronounced THORN-ten. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Thornton is "thorn-bush settlement". Place name used as a given name since the 19th century. Author Thornton Wilder.
Thornton is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#347 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Thornton for boys. Thornton reached its top rank of #529 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)