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Where did the English Norvall family come from? What is the English Norvall family crest and coat of arms? When did the Norvall family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Norvall family history?

The Norvall surname is thought to be derived from the name of a place in England named Northwell. The name of this place combines the old English term for "north" with other geographic features such as "welle," meaning "a well or spring." There are also no doubt instances of this name that are derived from a shortened form of the Scottish name Normanville (ultimately of Norman French origin).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Norvell, Norval, Norvall, Norvill, Norville, Norvel, Norvyle, Norwald, Norwell, Norvaile, Norvil, Norrel, Northwell and many more.

First found in Nottinghamshire, where there was a place named Northwell, that may be the origin of this surname.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norvall research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1124, 1200, 1373, 1605, 1669, 1719, 1694, 1697, 1704, 1710 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Norvall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norvall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Wm. Norwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1639; Edward Normanswell, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Peter Norrell, who came to Virginia in 1648; Walter Norrell, who came to Virginia in 1650.

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  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Norvall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Norvall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 4 November 2013 at 19:28.

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