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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.

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 followed the king and was granted his lands in Berwick in 1124.

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Early History of the Norvail family

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Early History of the Norvail family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norvail research.
Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1242 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Norvail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Norvail Spelling Variations

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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.

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Early Notables of the Norvail family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Norvail family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Norvail family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Norvail family to the New World and Oceana


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.

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The Norvail Motto

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The Norvail Motto


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.


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