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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The surname Norvel was originally a habitation name, that is, a surname derived from a place-name. The Norvel family took the name of a town of Normanville in the French province of Normandy, prior to emigration to Britain.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Normanville, Normanmile, Normanvill, Normansvill, Normanswell, Normansell, Norvell, Norval, Norvall, Norvill, Norville, Norvel, Norvell, Norvyle, Norwald, Norwell, Norvaile and many more.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat being descended from John of Normanville in Yvetot in Normandy. Conjecturally, this John was granted lands by King David of Scotland while he was Earl of Huntingdon in England. John de Normanville followed the king and was granted his lands in Berwick in 1124.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norvel research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1242 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Norvel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Norvel Notables 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: Edward Normansell who settled in Virginia in 1623; Edward Normanswell settled in Virginia in 1653; Adam Norvill settled in Maryland in 1747; William Norvell settled in Barbados in 1660.

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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: Spem renovant alae
Motto Translation: Its wings renew its hope.

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