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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 7/5/2015
From an English surname that was originally derived from place names meaning "the thorny glade". These place names consisted of Old English þorn meaning "thorn" combined with Old English leah meaning "clearing (in a wood), glade". Also compare THORLEY.A known bearer of this name was the Irish surgeon and anatomist Sir Thornley Stoker (1845-1912), who was the eldest brother of the famous Irish novelist Bram Stoker (1847-1912).