The name Norbrey belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in Norbury, in Cheshire
. The first use of the place-name Norbury as a surname occured in the 12th century when Roger Bulkeley adopted the name of his manor in Norbury as his surname. The place-name Norbury is derived from the old English words north,
which meant north, and bury,
which meant fort or manor house. The place-name as a whole means "northern fort" and the surname means "dweller at the northern fort."
Early Origins of the Norbrey family
The surname Norbrey was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Norbury. They were descended from the distinguished Bulkeleys of Cheshire
when Roger Bulkeley of Norbury adopted the name of his manor at Norbury about the 12th century.
Early History of the Norbrey family
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Norbrey Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Norbrey include Norbery, Norberry, Norberrie, Norbury, Norbery, Norbry, Norberrey, Norburry, Norburrie, Norbrough, Norbrow and many more.
Early Notables of the Norbrey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Norbrey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Norbrey were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Norbury, who arrived in New York in 1721; Hester Norbury and her husband who settled in New England
in 1750; Edward Norbury, who was sent to America in 1767.