Nordquist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Nordquist family
The surname Nordquist 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, Nordquist, 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 Nordquist family
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Nordquist 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 Nordquist family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Nordquist is the 16,414th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Nordquist family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alma Nordstrom, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from Westervik, Sweden, in 1908; Alma Maria Nordstrom, aged 38, who arrived at Ellis Island from Sundbyberg, Sweden, in 1921.
Contemporary Notables of the name Nordquist (post 1700) +
- Helen E. "Nordie" Nordquist (b. 1932), American former pitcher and right fielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played from 1951 through 1954
- Douglas "Doug" Nordquist (b. 1958), American silver medalist retired male high jumper from San Gabriel, California
- Mark Allan Nordquist (b. 1945), American former NFL football offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears (1968-1976)
- Linda Nordquist, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1972 
- Jeremiah Nordquist, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2008 
- Jonas Martin Nordquist (b. 1982), Swedish former professional ice hockey centre
- Nathalie Nordquist, Swedish ballerina from Stockholm, who has performed with the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and The Australian Ballet
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