Norby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Norby is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family 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 Norby family

The surname Norby 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 Norby family

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Norby Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Norby were recorded, including Norbery, NorBerry, Norberrie, Norbury, Norbery, Norbry, Norberrey, Norburry, Norburrie, Norbrough, Norbrow and many more.

Early Notables of the Norby family (pre 1700)

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Norby Ranking

In the United States, the name Norby is the 14,524th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Norby migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Norby family emigrate to North America:

Norby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Norby, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1858
  • Joris C Norby, who landed in Minnesota in 1871 [2]
  • Valborg Schriver Norby, who arrived in Minnesota in 1888 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Norby (post 1700) +

  • Fritz Norby (1892-1971), American politician, Mayor of Great Falls, Montana, 1945-47; Member of Montana State House of Representatives, 1951-59 [3]
  • Chris Norby, American politician, Mayor of Fullerton, California, 1990-91, 1995-97 [3]
  • Albert Norby, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 27th District, 1915-16 [3]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook