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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: Dutch, French, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Noble family come from? What is the Scottish Noble family crest and coat of arms? When did the Noble family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Noble family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Noble family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Noble is a nickname type of surname for a person of exceptionally graceful character having derived from the Old French word noble, which was of essentially the same meaning as the modern English term.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Noble, Nobel, Nobille, Norbell, MacNoble, Nobill, Nobil, Nobelle, Noeble, Nobile, Nobels, Nobells, McNoble and many more.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noble research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1337 are included under the topic Early Noble History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Noble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Noble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Noble Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Noble age 21 settled in Providence in 1635
  • George Noble settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Ann Noble, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Wm Noble, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Michaell Noble, who landed in Virginia in 1643

Noble Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony, Noble Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Cathrine Noble, aged 5, landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Anthony Noble, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Duncan Noble, who landed in Florida in 1786
  • Henery Noble, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Noble Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Brabazen Noble, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Alexander Noble, who arrived in Ohio in 1805
  • Brabison Noble, aged 77, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Archibald Noble, aged 44, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Noble, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812


  • Hubert Noble, American Clergyman
  • Brian Noble (1962-1985), American football player for the Green Bay Packers (1985 to 1993)
  • David L. Noble, American engineer at IBM, inventor of the floppy disk
  • David Gordon Noble (1900-1983), nicknamed "Big Moose", an American NFL football running back
  • Elmer Noble (1909-2001), American professor of zoology at the University of California
  • Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (1894-1940), American zoologist
  • James Noble (1785-1831), American politician, U.S. senator from the U.S. state of Indiana
  • James Noble (b. 1922), American soap opera actor
  • Warren Noble (1885-1950), British-born American automotive engineer and inventor of the electric stove
  • William Noble (1866-1945), American missionary in Korea



  • The Roots and Branches of Timothy and Susana Noble, Delaware County, Iowa, 1650-1987 by Helen Sue Taylor.
  • The Saga of the Noble Family and the Russian Oil Industry by Robert W. Tolf.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.


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  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Noble Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noble Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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