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

The Norman surname is ultimately derived from the Scandinavian word "noromenn," meaning "men from the north." It came to Britain with pre-Conquest Scandianavian settlers, and became a personal name among the Saxons. This name also came to Britain following the Norman conquest; in this instance, it was most likely a name for someone from the town of Normanville in the French province of Normandy.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Norman, Normanby, Normanville, Normand and others.

First found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were granted lands by King David of Scotland. An early written record of the name shows Normanus as a witness of David's great charter to Holyrood in circa 1128.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norman research. Another 340 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1303 and 1324 are included under the topic Early Norman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Norman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 54 words (4 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 were:

Norman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Norman, who landed in New England in 1623
  • Austice Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Hen Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Peter Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Jo Norman, aged 19, landed in Bermuda in 1635


Norman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Rachel Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Rachel] Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Joshua Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Caleb Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712


Norman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Norman, aged 27, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • Wm Norman, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Nels C Norman, aged 22, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1833
  • Abraham Norman, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Georgiana, daughter of John Norman of St. Thomas, Exeter (Devon) was married at St. John's in 1852


Norman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James and William Norman were descended from a family who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1714
  • Robt Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sarah Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Norman was a merchant of St. John's in 1765

Norman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Norman settled in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1802
  • Gregory Norman settled in Belle Isle, Newfoundland in 1813
  • William Norman was a planter of Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1826
  • John Norman was married in St. John's in 1832
  • Joseph Norman settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1838

Norman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • A Norman, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Christina Norman, who landed in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Norman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Norman, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • James Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Richard Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Henry Norman, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Norman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837


Norman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • E. Norman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • Hector Norman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Ann Norman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • John Norman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • Isabella Norman arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856


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  • Mr. Robert Norman (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Jasper Norman (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Rochester, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Fred Norman (b. 1942), American baseball player
  • Marsha Norman (b. 1947), American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • James F. Van Norman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 7th District, 1966
  • Thomas Van Norman, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for South Dakota State House of Representatives 26th-A District, 2010
  • Dorothy Norman (1905-1997), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948
  • F. D. Norman, American politician, Delegate to Alabama convention to ratify 21st amendment from Calhoun County, 1933
  • F. G. Norman, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1860
  • Francis Norman, American Republican politician, Chair of Chemung County Republican Party, 1955

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  • Norman Genealogy by William Ernest Norman.
  • The Normans, 1720-1976 by Maggie Laurie Carson.
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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: Auxillium ab alto
Motto Translation: Aid from above.

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