Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. /ˈhɔ.θɔɹn/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Denoted a person who lived near a hawthorn bush, a word derived from Old English hagaþorn, from haga meaning "haw berry" and þorn meaning "thorn bush". A famous bearer was the American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), author of The Scarlet Letter.


Entry added November 16, 2019