Nordin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nordin family

The surname Nordin was first found in various places throughout Sweden as the name is derived from the Old Norse word for north. The name was originally a topographic name adopted by someone who lived to the north of a main settlement. When surnames finally became mandatory in Sweden in the 19th century, Nordin, or one of the many compound names created from it were often adopted ornamentally, that is, the bearers did not necessarily have any association with the meaning of the name. These compound names used such suffixes as "dahl" (valley), "stedt" (homestead), "ström" (river), and others.

Early History of the Nordin family

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Nordin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nord, Nordh, Noren, Norden, Norin, Nordin, Norell, Nordell, Norlin, Nordling, Norelius, Norberg, Nordberg, Norrby, Nordahl, Norqvist, Nordström and many more.

Early Notables of the Nordin family (pre 1700)

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Nordin Ranking

In the United States, the name Nordin is the 10,585th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Nordin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nordin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Olof Nordin, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1846 [2]

West Indies Nordin 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. [3]
Nordin Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniell Nordin, aged 46, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. Nathaniell Nordin, (b. 1589), aged 46, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nordin (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth W. Nordin, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Reading, Ohio, 2003 [5]
  • Hartley Nordin, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, 1966 [5]
  • Fred Nordin, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Burnett and Washburn counties, 1948 [5]
  • Birgit Nordin (1934-2022), Swedish operatic soprano, member of the Royal Swedish Opera from from 1958 to 1986


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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