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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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The surname Norman was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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Norman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Norman, aged 27, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • William 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, Newfoundland in 1852
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Norman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James and William Norman were descended from a family who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1714
  • Robert Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sarah Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Norman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Norman was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1765
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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, Newfoundland in 1832
  • Joseph Norman settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1838

Norman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A Norman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Christina Norman, who landed in Saint 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
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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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  • 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
  • Frank W. Norman, American politician, Mayor of Bridgeton, Missouri, 1951
  • Fred Barthold Norman (1882-1947), American Republican politician, Member of Washington State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Washington 3rd District, 1943-45, 1947; Defeated, 1944
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Norman Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Frank S. Norman, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles George James Norman (1914-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Edwardstown, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick William Norman (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Christopher J B Norman (b. 1922), Canadian Midshipman serving for the Royal Canadian Navy from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Arthur William Norman, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jasper Norman, American 3rd Class passenger from Rochester, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Norman, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Robert Douglas Norman (d. 1912), aged 28, Scottish Second Class passenger from Glasgow, Scotland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
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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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    Other References

    1. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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