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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish

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

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Norton family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Norton is derived from the Pictish name Nechtan. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neachdainn, which means son of Nechtan.


The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Norton has been spelled MacNaughton, McNachton, MacNaghten, MacNechten, Notton, Norton and many more.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dl Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held lands at Lochow and Loch Fyne, called Glenera, Glenshira, and Glen Fyne.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norton research. Another 248 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1247, 1431, 1438, 1565, 1614, 1627, and 1691 are included under the topic Early Norton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Norton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Norton:

Norton Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Norton, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1630
  • Francis Norton, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Walter Norton, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Willm Norton, who arrived in America in 1632
  • George Norton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634

Norton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Norton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Teague Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Elizabeth Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1718
  • Hannah Norton, who came to Maryland in 1725

Norton Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Norton, who landed in America in 1800
  • Mary Norton, who arrived in America in 1807
  • B H Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • E S Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Patrick Norton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844


  • John Norton, Iroquois chief born of a Cherokee father and a Scottish mother, who fought for the British side against the Americans in the war of 1812
  • Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), American scholar and teacher, professor of the history of art at Harvard (1875-98)
  • William Elliot Norton (1903-2003), American drama critic
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937), African-American lawyer, government official, professor of law, Georgetown University, (1982-)
  • Kenneth Howard "Ken" Norton (1943-2013), African-American boxer, and film actor, Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC) in 1978
  • Greg Norton (b. 1959), American musician, bassist for Minnesota punk band Hsker D
  • Edward Norton (b. 1969), American film actor
  • Peter Norton (b. 1943), American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist
  • Richard Eugene "Rick" Norton (1943-2013), American collegiate and AFL professional football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins (19661969)
  • Sir Clifford John Norton, U. K. Delegate to the United Nations



  • Generations Back: Norton & Related Lines by Sarah Mills Norton.
  • The Nortons from the Norman Conquest through the Settlement of Guilford, Connecticut by Harold George Gibboney.

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Norton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Norton 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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