Meaning: “Place with thatching” or “nook or corner”
Origin: English, Old Norse
Other forms of the name: Thackery
Most people associate the name Thackeray with William Makepeace Thackeray, I however associate it with a favorite film of my childhood, “Hocus Pocus”. They play it every year around Halloween and I managed to catch some of it. It was just as great as I remembered. One of the main characters is that of a black cat named Thackery Binx who is actually a three hundred year old, young man who was cursed to live as a cat by three witches who killed his sister. The three witches are hung but before they die one of the cast a spell that one night on a full moon a virgin will summon them back and they will kill all the children in Salem. Cut to present day and sixteen year old Max Dennison is less than thrilled about having to move to Salem from his home in LA, however his little sister Dani is enthralled with the history of Salem and with Halloween. He meets the beautiful Allison who takes Max and Dani to the witches old house which had been turned into a museum, but “spooky things” had been happening so it was shut down. Max finds the Black Flame candle and still not believing in the legend, lights it. It is rumoured to raise the spirits of the dead if lit by a virgin. And unfortunately it works. So with the help of Binx they must stop the witches before it’s too late.
William Makepeace Thackeray was an English author, one of his most well-known novels is “Vanity Fair”.
The oldest recording of the surname Thackeray was that of John de Tha Kwra which was in 1379. Thackeray is most likely a place-name coming from a part of the Parish of Great Timble called Thackray in West Yorkshire though it is now part of the Fewston reservoir.