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

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Norbell 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 Norbell 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.

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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.


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

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

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Some of the Norbell 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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne Noble age 21 settled in Providence in 1635; George Noble settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Mark Noble settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children, and servants.

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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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The Norbell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Norbell 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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