The Northan surname was a topographic name, referring to someone who came "from the North."
Early Origins of the Northan family
The surname Northan was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1317 at Wakefield when Richard Northyn held lands.
Early History of the Northan family
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Northan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Northen, Northern, Northerne, Northyn, Northryn, Northene and many more.
Early Notables of the Northan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Northan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Northerne, who came to Virginia in 1636; Ezekiel Northend, who came to Rowley, MA in 1652; John Northend, who settled in Maryland in 1661; Hester Northern, who came to Virginia in 1666.