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Norton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , Irish , Scottish


The surname Norton is derived from a place name, derived from the Od English words "norð" or "north" and "tun," meaning "enclosure." The Norton surname is considered to have arisen independently, coming from one of the many places so named throughout Britain.


Early Origins of the Norton family


The surname Norton was first found in Kent where Osuuardus de Nordton [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
was on record in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Egbert Coigniers whose son Roger was living in in the ninth year of Edward II., and was father of Roger, who marrying the heiress of Norton of Norton, their son took that name." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
However, "the Gazetter mentions between forty and fifty parish, townships, &c., [etc.] so called, and there are hundreds of farms and minor localities [named Norton.]" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Literally, the place name means "northern farmstead or homestead". [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Other early records of the family include a Norton, in a Herald's visitation in 1043 listed in the Harlein Manuscripts. Another early record of the name is Leofwin de Norton in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire for 1177.

Early History of the Norton family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norton research.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1296, 1296, 1507, 1508, 1601, 1602, 1477, 1436, 1548, 1604, 1532, 1584, 1622, 1582, 1645, 1621, 1622, 1613, 1614, 1620, 1687, 1661, 1679, 1679, 1687, 1615, 1691, 1685, 1689, 1606 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Norton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norton Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Norton, Nordton, Northon, Northinton, Northington and others.

Early Notables of the Norton family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Norton (died c. 1477), English alchemist, elected a member of the UK Parliament from Bristol in 1436; Samuel Norton (1548- c. 1604), scientist, justice of the peace and sheriff of Somerset; Thomas Norton (1532-1584), English lawyer, politician, writer of verse, known for his anti-Catholic actions; Sir Richard Norton of Rotherfield, Southhampton, who was created a Baronet on May 23, 1622; Sir Richard Norton, 1st Baronet...
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Norton family to Ireland


Some of the Norton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Norton family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Norton, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1630
  • Francis Norton, who landed in New England in 1631 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Walter Norton, who landed in New England in 1631 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Norton, who arrived in America in 1632 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Norton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Norton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Teague Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Elizabeth Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Hannah Norton, who settled in Maryland in 1725

Norton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Norton, who landed in America in 1800 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Mary Norton, who arrived in America in 1807 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • B H Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • E S Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Patrick Norton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Norton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Elias Norton U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Norton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Caleb Norton, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Henry R Norton, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Andrew K Norton, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Sally Norton, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. James Norton, aged 4 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Blonde" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 50)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Norton, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Catherine Norton, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • William Norton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Forfarshire 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  • John Norton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The JOHN MITCHELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMitchell.htm
  • John Norton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Norton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. John Norton, (b. 1792), aged 55, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [13]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. James Norton, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Kingston" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th December 1858 [14]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Mary Norton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Derwent Water" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th November 1861 [14]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • John Norton, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Matilda Norton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Norton (post 1700)


  • Augustus Richard Norton (1946-2019), American army officer and professor of international relations and anthropology at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University
  • Richard Eugene "Rick" Norton (1943-2013), American collegiate and AFL professional football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins (1966–1969)
  • Peter Norton (b. 1943), American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist
  • Kenneth Howard "Ken" Norton (1943-2013), African-American boxer, and film actor, Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC) in 1978
  • Edward Norton (b. 1969), American film actor
  • Greg Norton (b. 1959), American musician, bassist for Minnesota punk band Hüsker Dü
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937), African-American lawyer, government official, professor of law, Georgetown University, (1982-)
  • William Elliot Norton (1903-2003), American drama critic
  • Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), American scholar and teacher, professor of the history of art at Harvard (1875-98)
  • John Norton, Iroquois chief born of a Cherokee father and a Scottish mother, who fought for the British side against the Americans in the war of 1812
  • ... (Another 111 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Norton family



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Sarah L.  Norton (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John Thomas Henry Norton (1905-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [16]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  • Mr. Montague Alfred Huxley Norton (1907-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [16]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  • Mr. William Frederick Cecil Norton (1908-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [16]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. P Norton, British Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  • Mr. Norton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [17]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Bernard Patrick Norton, Irish Fireman from Althone, County Westmeath, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [18]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

Suggested Readings for the name Norton


  • Generations Back: Norton & Related Lines by Sarah Mills Norton.
  • The Nortons from the Norman Conquest through the Settlement of Guilford, Connecticut by Harold George Gibboney.

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See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 50)
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FORFARSHIRE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The JOHN MITCHELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMitchell.htm
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  16. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  17. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  18. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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