Noble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Noble family. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

Noble is a nickname type of surname for a person of exceptionally graceful character having derived from the Old French word noble, which was of essentially the same meaning as the modern English term. "This complimentary sobriquet was not allowed to die out by the fortunate possessors, and they have bred a large progeny." [1]

Looking back further, the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Walter and Gillebert le Noble, Normandy 1180 - 1195. [2]

Early Origins of the Noble family

The surname Noble was first found in East Lothian where "an English family of this name settled as subvassals of the family of de Vallibus (Vaux) at the end of the twelfth century. William Nobilis held part of the lands of Garmilton under William de Vallibus. He was succeeded by his son Radulph who confirmed his father's grants. Radulphus Nobilis witnessed a grant by Vinianus de Mulineys to the Hospital of Soltre, 1198-1234, and between 1214-30 he witnessed an agreement between the monks of Neubotle and Adam Malherb, lord of Morham. " [3]

Further to the south in England, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Amice le Noble, Huntingdonshire; Hugh le Noble, Bedfordshire; and Thomas le Noble, Oxfordshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Robertus Nobill. [1]

Early History of the Noble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noble research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1337, 1464, 1467, 1497, 1504, 1489, 1490, 1495 and are included under the topic Early Noble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Noble Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Noble, Nobel, Nobille, Norbell, MacNoble, Nobill, Nobil, Nobelle, Noeble, Nobile, Nobels, Nobells, McNoble and many more.

Early Notables of the Noble family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Vilyam Nobile, chamberlain and procurator of the abbot of Arnbroath at Inverness in 1464, and the Nobles of that town may be descended from him. In 1467 the Nobles of Ferm had a charter of the lands of Ferm, now called Coates, near Rutherglen. Alexander Nobill and John Nobill were murdered in...
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Noble World Ranking

In the United States, the name Noble is the 691st most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. [4] However, in Canada, the name Noble is ranked the 594th most popular surname with an estimated 8,488 people with that name. [5] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Noble is the 266th popular surname with an estimated 166 people with that name. [6] France ranks Noble as 4,268th with 1,500 - 2,000 people. [7] Australia ranks Noble as 360th with 10,038 people. [8] New Zealand ranks Noble as 485th with 1,409 people. [9] The United Kingdom ranks Noble as 332nd with 18,494 people. [10]

Ireland Migration of the Noble family to Ireland

Some of the Noble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Noble migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Noble Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne Noble age 21 settled in Providence in 1635
  • William Noble, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [11]
  • Michaell Noble, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [11]
  • Robert Noble, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [11]
  • Wilhelm Noble, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1650 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Noble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony, Noble Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [11]
  • Cathrine Noble, aged 5, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734 [11]
  • Anthony Noble, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743 [11]
  • Duncan Noble, who landed in Florida in 1786 [11]
  • Henery Noble, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Noble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Brabazen Noble, who landed in New York in 1801 [11]
  • Alexander Noble, who arrived in Ohio in 1805 [11]
  • Archibald Noble, aged 44, who landed in New York in 1812 [11]
  • Brabison Noble, aged 77, who arrived in New York in 1812 [11]
  • David Noble, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1812 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Noble migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Noble Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Francis Noble, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Francis Noble, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Francis Noble U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [12]
  • Mr. Francis Noble U.E. born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [12]
  • Sgt. John Noble U.E. (b. 1757) born in USA who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he enlisted in 1778 serving in the Maryland Loyalists 1st Battalion, he is a survivor of the shipwreck "Martha" in 1783, he died in 1846 Chatham, Northumberland County, New Brunswick [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Noble Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Henry Noble, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • Ambrose Noble, who arrived in Canada in 1834
  • William Noble, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Noble, aged 19, a spinster, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Robert Noble, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Noble Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • J H Noble, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Noble migration to Australia +

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

Noble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Matthew Noble, British Convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life for theft, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • Miss Isabella Noble, (b. 1795), aged 18, Irish convict who was convicted in Longford, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Archibald Noble, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. John Noble, English convict who was convicted in East Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 29th April 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Miss Jane Noble, (b. 1815), aged 22, Irish laundress who was convicted in Fermanagh, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Noble 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:

Noble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. H. Noble, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rock City" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 4th June 1855 [18]
  • Joseph Noble, aged 38, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mary Noble, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Joseph Noble, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mr. John Noble, Scottish ploughman travelling from Leith aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 8th January 1858 [18]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Noble migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [19]
Noble Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • George Noble, who settled in St. Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635
  • Ann Noble, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [11]
  • Mr. George Noble, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler traveling aboard the ship "William and John" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [20]
  • Mark Noble, who settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife, children, and servants

Contemporary Notables of the name Noble (post 1700) +

  • James Wilkes Noble (1922-2016), American actor, best known for his portrayal of Governor Eugene Gatling on the American sitcom Benson
  • Gilbert Edward "Gil" Noble (1932-2012), American television reporter and interviewer
  • William Noble (1866-1945), American missionary in Korea
  • Warren Noble (1885-1950), British-born American automotive engineer and inventor of the electric stove
  • James Noble (b. 1922), American soap opera actor
  • James Noble (1785-1831), American politician, U.S. senator from the U.S. state of Indiana
  • Gladwyn Kingsley Noble (1894-1940), American zoologist
  • Elmer Noble (1909-2001), American professor of zoology at the University of California
  • David Gordon Noble (1900-1983), nicknamed "Big Moose", an American NFL football running back
  • David L. Noble, American engineer at IBM, inventor of the floppy disk
  • ... (Another 97 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Florence  Noble, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [21]
  • Mr. George  Noble (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [21]
  • Mr. James  Noble (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [21]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Cornwall
  • Gilbert John Noble, British Lieutenant (E) aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [23]
  • Bertie George Noble (d. 1942), British Marine aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [23]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alexander Noble (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Wallsend, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [24]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas A. Noble, British Petty Officer Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [25]


The Noble Motto +

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: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.


Suggested Readings for the name Noble +

  • The Roots and Branches of Timothy and Susana Noble, Delaware County, Iowa, 1650-1987 by Helen Sue Taylor.
  • The Saga of the Noble Family and the Russian Oil Industry by Robert W. Tolf.

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  14. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 2nd January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/catherine
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
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  21. ^ 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
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  23. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  24. ^ 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
  25. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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