Norvail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Norvail was originally a habitation name, that is, a surname derived from a place-name. The Norvail family took the name of a town of Normanville in the French province of Normandy, prior to emigration to Britain.
"This surname is derived from a geographical locality. 'of Normanville,' a name exactly corresponding to English Normanby and Normanton. Lower says, The Itinerary de la Normandie shows two places so called, one near Yvetot, and the other in the arrondissement of Evreux'" 
Early Origins of the Norvail family
The surname Norvail was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat being descended from John of Normanville in Yvetot in Normandy.
Conjecturally, this John was granted lands by King David of Scotland while he was Earl of Huntingdon in England. "John de Normanville witnessed a grant by Bernerd de Hauden to the Hospital of Soltre between 1190-1230, and between 1221-1231 he witnessed the grant of the church of Lympetlaw to the same house. He also gave part of Maxtone to Melrose Abbey. Hugh de Normanville and Alicia, his wife, exchanged some land with the monks of Melrose in the reign of William the Lion, and in 1200 he made a similar exchange with the monks of Dryburgh. Dominus Thomas de Normaniuill and dominus Johannes de Normaniuill witnessed quit claim to the lands of Eduluestun to the church of Glasgow, 1233. Sir Walran of Normanville had a grant in 1242 of the lands of Correncrare, Tulichule, and others. Several Normanvilles in the reign of Alexander II, younger sons, filled the office of secular rectors of cherches. Wydo (Guldo) de Norinanuilla was charter witness, 1250, William de Normanville was rector of the church of Mackistun, c. 1250, Sir Waleran de Normanville was buried at Melrose, 1256, and Thomas de Normanville presided at an inquest on the lands of Hopkelchoc, 1259. Alexander de Normanville witnessed a charter by James the Seneschal of Scotland, 1294, and Walranus de Normanuilla, miles, was charter witness at Arnbroath, 1299 (RAA., I, p. 165). Robert de Normanville of Stirlingshire rendered homage, 1296." 
Early History of the Norvail family
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Norvail Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Normanville, Normanmile, Normanvill, Normansvill, Normanswell, Normansell, Norvell, Norval, Norvall, Norvill, Norville, Norvel, Norvell, Norvyle, Norwald, Norwell, Norvaile and many more.
Early Notables of the Norvail family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Norvail family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Edward Normansell who settled in Virginia in 1623; Edward Normanswell settled in Virginia in 1653; Adam Norvill settled in Maryland in 1747; William Norvell settled in Barbados in 1660.
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: Spem renovant alae
Motto Translation: Its wings renew its hope.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- 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)