Norton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Norton family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Norton is derived from the Pictish name Nechtan. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Neachdainn, which means son of Nechtan.

Early Origins of the Norton family

The surname Norton 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 held lands at Lochow and Loch Fyne, called Glenera, Glenshira, and Glen Fyne.

Early History of the Norton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norton research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1247, 1431, 1438, 1565, 1614, 1627, and 1691 are included under the topic Early Norton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norton Spelling Variations

The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Norton has been spelled MacNaughton, McNachton, MacNaghten, MacNechten, Notton, Norton and many more.

Early Notables of the Norton family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Norton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norton World Ranking

In the United States, the name Norton is the 466th most popular surname with an estimated 59,688 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Norton is ranked the 397th most popular surname with an estimated 9,354 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Norton is the 404th popular surname with an estimated 1,627 people with that name. [3] The United Kingdom ranks Norton as 474th with 13,618 people. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Norton family to Ireland

Some of the Norton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Norton migration to the United States +

This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Norton:

Norton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Norton, who arrived in New Hampshire in 1630
  • Francis Norton, who landed in New England in 1631 [5]
  • Walter Norton, who landed in New England in 1631 [5]
  • William Norton, who arrived in America in 1632 [5]
  • George Norton, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1634 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Norton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Norton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Teague Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [5]
  • Elizabeth Norton, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [5]
  • Hannah Norton, who settled in Maryland in 1725
Norton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Norton, who landed in America in 1800 [5]
  • Mary Norton, who arrived in America in 1807 [5]
  • B H Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [5]
  • E S Norton, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [5]
  • Patrick Norton, who arrived in Mississippi in 1844 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Norton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Norton, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Elias Norton U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
Norton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Caleb Norton, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Henry R Norton, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Andrew K Norton, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Sally Norton, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. James Norton, aged 4 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Blonde" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Norton migration to Australia +

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

Norton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Norton, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 29th April 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. John Norton who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years for murder, transported aboard the "Camden" on 21st March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Henry Norton, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Michael Norton, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land)1836 [11]
  • Miss Anne Norton, (b. 1815), aged 22, Irish servant who was convicted in Wicklow, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Norton 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:

Norton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Norton, (b. 1792), aged 55, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [13]
  • Mr. James Norton, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Kingston" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 29th December 1858 [14]
  • Miss Mary Norton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Derwent Water" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 26th November 1861 [14]
  • John Norton, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blue Jacket" in 1865
  • Matilda Norton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Norton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [15]
Norton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Geo Norton, aged 22, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [5]
  • Mr. George Norton, (b. 1613), aged 22, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [16]

Contemporary Notables of the name Norton (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Howard "Ken" Norton (1943-2013), American boxer, and film actor, Heavyweight boxing champion (WBC) in 1978
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937), American lawyer, government official, professor of law, Georgetown University, (1982-)
  • Augustus Richard Norton (1946-2019), American army officer and professor of international relations and anthropology at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University
  • Richard Eugene "Rick" Norton (1943-2013), American collegiate and AFL professional football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins (1966–1969)
  • Peter Norton (b. 1943), American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist
  • Edward Norton (b. 1969), American film actor
  • Greg Norton (b. 1959), American musician, bassist for Minnesota punk band Hüsker Dü
  • William Elliot Norton (1903-2003), American drama critic
  • Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), American scholar and teacher, professor of the history of art at Harvard (1875-98)
  • John Norton, Iroquois chief born of a Cherokee father and a Scottish mother, who fought for the British side against the Americans in the war of 1812
  • ... (Another 112 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Sarah L.  Norton (1845-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [17]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Thomas Henry Norton (1905-1941), Australian Leading Stoker from Redfern, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Montague Alfred Huxley Norton (1907-1941), Australian Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. William Frederick Cecil Norton (1908-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Glebe, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. P Norton, British Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Norton, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
RMS Lusitania


Suggested Readings for the name Norton +

  • Generations Back: Norton & Related Lines by Sarah Mills Norton.
  • The Nortons from the Norman Conquest through the Settlement of Guilford, Connecticut by Harold George Gibboney.

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  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 50)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th April 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/countess-of-harcourt
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 2nd December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/camden
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1835
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  16. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 28th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  17. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  18. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  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/


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