Show ContentsNordton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Nordton is derived from a place name, derived from the Od English words "norð" or "north" and "tun," meaning "enclosure." The Nordton surname is considered to have arisen independently, coming from one of the many places so named throughout Britain.

Early Origins of the Nordton family

The surname Nordton was first found in Kent where Osuuardus de Nordton [1] was on record in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Egbert Coigniers whose son Roger was living in the ninth year of Edward II., and was father of Roger, who marrying the heiress of Norton of Norton, their son took that name." [2]

However, "the Gazetter mentions between forty and fifty parish, townships, &c., [etc.] so called, and there are hundreds of farms and minor localities [named Norton.]" [3]

Literally, the place name means "northern farmstead or homestead". [4] Other early records of the family include a Norton, in a Herald's visitation in 1043 listed in the Harlein Manuscripts. Another early record of the name is Leofwin de Norton in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire for 1177. [5]

Early History of the Nordton family

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Nordton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Norton, Nordton, Northon, Northinton, Northington and others.

Early Notables of the Nordton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Norton (died c. 1477), English alchemist, elected a member of the UK Parliament from Bristol in 1436; Samuel Norton (1548- c. 1604), scientist, justice of the peace and sheriff of Somerset; Thomas Norton (1532-1584), English lawyer, politician, writer of verse, known for his anti-Catholic actions; Sir Richard Norton of Rotherfield, Southhampton, who was created a Baronet on May 23, 1622; Sir Richard Norton, 1st Baronet...
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Ireland Migration of the Nordton family to Ireland

Some of the Nordton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Nordton family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Norton, who came to Salem, MA in 1629; Walter Norton, Eleanor Norton, and their daughter Jane who arrived in Charlestown, MA in 1630; Francis Norton, who settled in Charlestown, MA in 1630.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook