Norval History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Norval was originally a habitation name, that is, a surname derived from a place-name. The Norval family took the name of a town of Normanville in the French province of Normandy, prior to emigration to Britain.

Early Origins of the Norval family

The surname Norval 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.

Early History of the Norval family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norval research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1242 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Norval History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norval 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 Norval family (pre 1700)

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United States Norval migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norval Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agnes Norval, aged 65, who settled in America, in 1894
Norval Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J.W. Norval, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Alexr. Norval, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Peter Norval, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Gartnaval, Scotland, in 1910
  • Robina C. Norval, aged 29, who landed in America from Scotland, in 1912
  • William Norval, aged 41, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Norval migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norval Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jos. Woods Norval, aged 62, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1909

Contemporary Notables of the name Norval (post 1700) +

  • Theophilus Lincoln Norval (b. 1847), American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska State Senate, 1878; District Judge in Nebraska, 1883-89; Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1890-1902; Chief Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1894-95, 1900-02 [1]
  • Richard Sampson Norval, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1888; Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-20 [1]
  • Aletta Norval, South-African born political theorist
  • Andy Norval (1912-1999), Australian rugby league player
  • Pieter "Piet" Norval (b. 1970), South African former tennis player
  • Norval W. Woodworth, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1961 (acting, 1961) [2]
  • Norval Baptie (1879-1966), Canadian World record holding speed skater, a champion figure skater, inductee into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1963)
  • Norval Sinclair Marley (1895-1955), captain in the British Royal Marines
  • Norval Hipwell, Canadian marine industrialist
  • Norval Morris (1923-2004), New Zealand-born, American criminologist and lawyer, dean of University of Chicago Law School from 1975-1979


The Norval 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.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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