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 CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
was on record in the Domesday Book
of 1086. "Egbert Coigniers whose son Roger was living in 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
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.]" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Literally, the place name means "northern farmstead or homestead". CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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
Early History of the Nordton family
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Nordton 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... Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nordton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nordton family to Ireland
Some of the Nordton family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Nordton family to the New World and Oceana
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.