Norman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman surname is ultimately derived from the Scandinavian word "noromenn," meaning "men from the north." It came to Britain with pre-Conquest Scandinavian 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. [1] [2]

They claim descent from "a branch of Basset of Normandy, descended from Hugh Fitz Osmond, who held in capite in Hants in 1086. From him came the barons of Normanville, a younger branch of whom held the barony till about 1500." [3]

"Gerold de Nonnanville was a benefactor of Battle Abbey : his grant of 'Bocestepe ' was confirmed by Henry I. ; and in one of the charters of Henry, third Earl of Ewe, he is styled Dapifer mews. Norman de Normanville, according to the Liber Niger, was a Baron of Sussex in 1165. 'Not long after the Conquest, the Normanvilles held the towns of Empingham and Normanton in the county of Rutland. A Family of eminent note in those days for military affairs ; for I find that about the latter end of King John's reign Ralf de Nonnanville was sent by the King with forces to the defence of Kenilworth Castle against the rebellious barons ; and paid sixty marks, one Dextrarium (horse for the great saddle) and Palfrey for having the Farm of the Co. and Free Warren at Empingham. In 5 Henry III. the King ordered Henry de Nevill to deliver from Clive Forest six Oaks and six Furchias for the building of a certain Hall by him design'd to be built at Empingham. " [4]

Early Origins of the Norman family

The surname Norman was first found in Suffolk, where a record from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, shows a bearer of "Noroman" in 1066-70. The Domesday Book shows several bearers of the name in England in 1086.

However, there are several places named Normanby throughout Britain as literally the place name means "farmstead or village of the Northmen or Norwegian Vikings." [5]

The parish of Merton in Surrey has an early record of the family. "In 1115, a convent built of wood, for Canons regular of the order of St. Augustine, was founded here by Gilbert Norman, sheriff of Surrey; and Henry I., in 1121, granted to the community a charter of incorporation and the manor of Merton." [6]

As early as 1234 this surname distinguished themselves and early records show John Norman was Sheriff of the City of London in 1234 and later elected Lord Mayor in 1250. [7]

Early History of the Norman family

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Norman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Norman family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Norman family to Ireland

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United States Norman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Norman, who landed in New England in 1623 [8]
  • Austice Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [8]
  • Hen Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [8]
  • Peter Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1634 [8]
  • Jo Norman, aged 19, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [8]
  • Rachel Norman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [8]
  • Rachel] Norman, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [8]
  • Joshua Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [8]
  • Caleb Norman, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Norman, aged 27, who landed in Georgia in 1812 [8]
  • William Norman, who arrived in New York in 1822 [8]
  • Nels C Norman, aged 22, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1833 [8]
  • Abraham Norman, who landed in New York in 1835 [8]
  • Georgiana, daughter of John Norman of St. Thomas, Exeter (Devon) was married at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1852 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Norman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James and William Norman were descended from a family who settled in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1714 [9]
  • Robert Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sarah Norman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Robert Norman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Henry Norman was a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1765 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Norman, who settled in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1802 [9]
  • Gregory Norman, who settled in Belle Isle, Newfoundland in 1813 [9]
  • William Norman was a planter of Bareneed, Newfoundland in 1826 [9]
  • John Norman was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1832 [9]
  • Joseph Norman, who settled in Greenspond, Newfoundland in 1838 [9]
Norman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • A Norman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Christina Norman, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Norman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Norman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Norman, (b. 1795), aged 20, English labourer who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. John Norman, (Smith), (b. 1802), aged 17, English convict who was convicted in Lindsey (Parts of Lindsey), Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Thomas Norman, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • James Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [13]
  • Richard Norman, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Norman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Norman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • E. Norman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Brougham" in 1842
  • Mr. Peter Norman, (b. 1819), aged 22, British tailor travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [14]
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Norman, (b. 1824), aged 17, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Timandra" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 24th February 1842 [14]
  • Mr. Norman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Tuscan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 28th September 1842 [14]
  • Hector Norman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Norman (post 1700) +

  • Jessye Norman (1945-2019), American three-time Grammy award winning opera singer (soprano)
  • H. Wayne Norman Jr. (1955-2018), American attorney and politician, Member of the Maryland Senate (2015-2018)
  • Alen VonShea "Shea" Norman (1971-2017), American gospel musician
  • Fred Norman (b. 1942), American baseball player
  • Marsha Norman (b. 1947), American playwright, screenwriter, and novelist awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Wilbur H Norman, American namesake of the town of Normanville, Texas, he ran a sawmill in the area about 1899
  • Mrs. David Norman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1964 [15]
  • Dave Norman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1996, 1998; Candidate in primary for Texas State Senate 11th District, 2012 [15]
  • Clarence Norman Jr. (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 43rd District, 1983-; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996, 2000, 2004 [15]
  • Charles S. Norman, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Britain, 1904 [15]
  • ... (Another 59 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Frank S. Norman, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [16]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Charles George James Norman (1914-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Edwardstown, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Frederick William Norman (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Christopher J B Norman (b. 1922), Canadian Midshipman serving for the Royal Canadian Navy from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Prince of Wales
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Arthur William Norman, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. Jasper Norman, American 3rd Class passenger from Rochester, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
  • Mr. Robert Norman, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [21]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Douglas Norman (d. 1912), aged 28, Scottish Second Class passenger from Glasgow, Scotland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [22]


Suggested Readings for the name Norman +

  • 388 Norman Genealogy by William Ernest Norman, The Normans, 1720-1976 by Maggie Laurie Carson.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  5. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  7. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  12. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  13. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  17. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  19. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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