Norrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norrell surname is thought to be derived from the name of a place in England named Northwell. The name of this place combines the old English term for "north" with other geographic features such as "welle," meaning "a well or spring." There are also no doubt instances of this name that are derived from a shortened form of the Scottish name Normanville (ultimately of Norman French origin).

Early Origins of the Norrell family

The surname Norrell was first found in Nottinghamshire, where there was a place named Northwell, that may be the origin of this surname.

Early History of the Norrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norrell research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1124, 1200, 1373, 1605, 1669, 1719, 1694, 1697, 1704, 1710 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Norrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norrell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Norvell, Norval, Norvall, Norvill, Norville, Norvel, Norvyle, Norwald, Norwell, Norvaile, Norvil, Norrel, Northwell and many more.

Early Notables of the Norrell family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Norrell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Norrell, who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • Peeter Norrell, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [1]
  • Walter Norrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • Walter Norrell, who settled in Virginia in 1650

Australia Norrell migration to Australia +

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

Norrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Norrell, aged 57, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • Jane Norrell, aged 42, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • William Norrell, aged 34, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • Mary Norrell, aged 29, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • Charlotte Norrell, aged 4, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Norrell (post 1700) +

  • Mandy Powers Norrell (b. 1973), American politician, Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (2012-)
  • Clif Norrell, American two-time Grammy-nominated record producer, recording engineer, music mixer, and musician
  • William Frank Norrell (1896-1961), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas (1939-1961)
  • Catherine Dorris Norrell (1901-1981), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas (1961-1963), the wife of her predecessor William F. Norrell
  • William Frank Norrell (1896-1961), American Democrat politician, Member of Arkansas State Senate; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 6th District, 1939-61; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 [3]
  • Julia Norrell, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996 [3]
  • Catherine Dorris Norrell (1901-1981), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 6th District, 1961-63 [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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