The Narramore surname is a habitational name taken on from any of several places so named in Cornwall
. The place names come from the Cornish words "nans," meaning "valley," and "carow," meaning "a stag."
Early Origins of the Narramore family
The surname Narramore was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Nancaroow. Cornwall
was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany
than to England
. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon
Early History of the Narramore family
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Narramore Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Nancarrow, Nancarro, Nancarroe, Nancarrowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Narramore family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Narramore family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Narramore Ellin Nancarro, who came to St. Christopher in 1634; John Nancarron, who settled in Philadelphia in 1803; and Walter Nancarrow, age 5, who was recorded in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871..
Contemporary Notables of the name Narramore (post 1700)
- Evalyn Narramore, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
- David A. Narramore, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2008, 2012