Norman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Norman family

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. "Norman was also a surname in Dumfriesshire in thirteenth century." [1]

Early records of the family first appeared in their Latin form. One of the first records notes Normanus as a witness of David's great charter to Holyrood in circa 1128. Years later, Nonnannus, constapularius de Enneroury (Invsrurie), was charter witness, c. 1180 and William, son of Norman, burgess of Aberdeen, was one of the witnesses to a charter by Fergus, earl of Buchan, c. 1189-99. John Normand, was juror on inquisition in Roxbergh in 1303. [1]

Important Dates for the Norman family

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Norman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Norman family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Norman family to Ireland

Some of the Norman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norman migration to the United States

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 [2]
  • Austice Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [2]
  • Hen Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [2]
  • Peter Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [2]
  • Jo Norman, aged 19, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Rachel Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Rachel] Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Joshua Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [2]
  • Caleb Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Norman, aged 27, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [2]
  • William Norman, who arrived in New York in 1822 [2]
  • Nels C Norman, aged 22, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1833 [2]
  • Abraham Norman, who landed in New York in 1835 [2]
  • Georgiana, daughter of John Norman of St. Thomas, Exeter (Devon) was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1852 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norman migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James and William Norman were descended from a family who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1714 [3]
  • 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 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Norman, who settled in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1802 [3]
  • Gregory Norman, who settled in Belle Isle, Newfoundland in 1813 [3]
  • William Norman was a planter of Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1826 [3]
  • John Norman was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1832 [3]
  • Joseph Norman, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1838 [3]
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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [4]
  • James Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Richard Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Henry Norman, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Edward Norman, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norman migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Norman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E. Norman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • Mr. Peter Norman, (b. 1819), aged 22, British tailor travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [8]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Norman, (b. 1824), aged 17, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [8]
  • Mr. Norman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tuscan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th September 1842 [8]
  • Hector Norman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Norman (post 1700)

  • Jessye Norman (1945-2019), American three-time Grammy award winning opera singer (soprano)
  • H. Wayne Norman Jr. (1955-2018), American attorney and politician, Member of the Maryland Senate (2015-2018)
  • Alen VonShea "Shea" Norman (1971-2017), American gospel musician
  • Fred Norman (b. 1942), American baseball player
  • Marsha Norman (b. 1947), American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Wilbur H Norman, American namesake of the town of Normanville, Texas, he ran a sawmill in the area about 1899
  • Mrs. David Norman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1964 [9]
  • Dave Norman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1996, 1998; Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 11th District, 2012 [9]
  • Clarence Norman Jr. (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 43rd District, 1983-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004 [9]
  • Charles S. Norman, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1904 [9]
  • ... (Another 59 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Norman family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frank S. Norman, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
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 and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Frederick William Norman (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
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 and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Arthur William Norman, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Jasper Norman, American 3rd Class passenger from Rochester, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. Robert Norman, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]
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 [16]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  16. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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