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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. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Scotland is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. 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. 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.

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The surname Noble was first found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noble research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1337 are included under the topic Early Noble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Noble Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Noble family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • George Noble settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Ann Noble, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Noble, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Michaell Noble, who landed in Virginia in 1643
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Noble Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony, Noble Sr., who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Cathrine Noble, aged 5, landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Anthony Noble, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Duncan Noble, who landed in Florida in 1786
  • Henery Noble, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
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Noble Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Brabazen Noble, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Alexander Noble, who arrived in Ohio in 1805
  • Brabison Noble, aged 77, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Archibald Noble, aged 44, landed in New York in 1812
  • Edward Noble, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
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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
  • Mr. Francis Noble U.E. born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • 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
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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, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Elizabeth Noble, aged 19, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
  • Robert Noble, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Nancy" in 1834
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Noble Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J H Noble, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Noble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Valentine Noble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Noble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Henry Noble, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • T. Noble arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Posthumous" in 1849
  • Henry Noble, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
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Noble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Noble, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mary Noble, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Joseph Noble, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Mark Noble arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1860
  • Thomas Noble, aged 24, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Howrah" in 1874
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  • 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
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Noble Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Florence  Noble, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. George  Noble (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. James  Noble (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Charles Taylor Noble (1899-1941), Australian Regulating Petty Officer from Woollongong, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Alexander Noble (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Wallsend, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • 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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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.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Noble Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noble Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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