Norma History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norma surname is ultimately derived from the Scandinavian word "noromenn," meaning "men from the north." It came to Britain with pre-Conquest Scandianavian settlers, and became a personal name among the Saxons. This name also came to Britain following the Norman conquest; in this instance, it was most likely a name for someone from the town of Normanville in the French province of Normandy.

Early Origins of the Norma family

The surname Norma was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they were granted lands by King David of Scotland. "Norman was also a surname in Dumfriesshire in thirteenth century." [1]

Early records of the family first appeared in their Latin form. One of the first records notes Normanus as a witness of David's great charter to Holyrood in circa 1128. Years later, Nonnannus, constapularius de Enneroury (Invsrurie), was charter witness, c. 1180 and William, son of Norman, burgess of Aberdeen, was one of the witnesses to a charter by Fergus, earl of Buchan, c. 1189-99. John Normand, was juror on inquisition in Roxbergh in 1303. [1]

Early History of the Norma family

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Norma Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Norman, Normanby, Normanville, Normand and others.

Early Notables of the Norma family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Norma family to Ireland

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Migration of the Norma family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Norman, who settled in Virginia in 1695; Dickery Norman settled in Virginia in 1638; George Norman settled in Bermuda in 1635; Henry Norman settled in Virginia in 1637.

Contemporary Notables of the name Norma (post 1700) +

  • Edith Norma Shearer (1902-1983), Canadian-born, American five-time Academy Award nominated actress, one of the most popular actresses in the world from the mid-1920s until her retirement in 1942
  • Julieta Norma Fierro Gossman (b. 1948), Mexican astrophysicist and science communicator
  • Norma Whiteman (1927-2023), also known by her married name Betty Norma Johnston, an Australian cricketer who played seven Test matches for the Australia women's national cricket team between 1948 and 1951
  • Norma Waterson (1939-2022), English musician, best known as one of the original members of The Watersons, a celebrated English traditional folk group.
  • Norma Leah McCorvey (1947-2017), better known by the legal pseudonym "Jane Roe", American plaintiff in the famous lawsuit Roe v. Wade
  • Norma Gladys Cappagli (1939-2020), Argentine model and beauty queen who won the 1960 Miss World contest
  • Prof. Norma Margaret Dwason C.B.E., British Professor of Law for Queen’s University in Belfast was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Legal Education and the Development of the Legal Profession in Northern Ireland
  • Ms. Norma Ann Boyd B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Northfield, Birmingham [2]
  • Norma Bessouet (1940-2018), Argentine painter and sculptor
  • Norma J. Leighty, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2000

The Norma Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Auxillium ab alto
Motto Translation: Aid from above.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook