Northorp History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Northorp family

The surname Northorp was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the medieval village of Northorpe which washed out to sea in early times. It was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 when Walter held the village from Drogo de Beuvierre a Nomran Baron. The family is conjecturally descended from Walter of Northorpe.

Early History of the Northorp family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Northorp research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Northorp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Northorp Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Northorpe, Northorp, Northrup, Northrupp, Northrop, Northropp, Northup, Northop, Northupp, Northopp, Norhope and many more.

Early Notables of the Northorp family (pre 1700)

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United States Northorp migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Northorp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Northorp, who settled in Baltimore in 1834
  • Casper Northorp, who settled in Baltimore in 1834


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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