Norvell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Norvell family

The surname Norvell 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 Norvell family

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

Norvell 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 Norvell family (pre 1700)

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


United States Norvell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norvell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Norvell, who landed in America in 1654-1679 [1]
  • William Norvell, who settled in Barbados in 1660
Norvell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hugh Norvell, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [1]
Norvell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas S Norvell, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • Lipscomb Norvell, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]

New Zealand Norvell 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:

Norvell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. P. Norvell, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Tongariro" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand in 1887 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Norvell (post 1700) +

  • David L. Norvell, U.S. Democratic politician who served as Attorney General of New Mexico from 1971 to 1975
  • Lipscomb Norvell (1756-1843), American military officer in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Jay Norvell (b. 1963), American football coach and former player
  • John Norvell (1789-1850), American politician, 1st Senator from Michigan, (1837-1841)
  • James Rankin Norvell (b. 1902), American judge
  • John Norvell (1789-1850), American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Detroit, Michigan, 1831-36; U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1837-41Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County, 1842; U.S. Attorney for Michigan, 1845-50 [3]
  • George E. Norvell, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1956-58 [3]
  • Ernest Campbell Norvell (1870-1941), American Republican politician, Member of Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1917-25 [3]
  • David L. Norvell, American Democrat politician, New Mexico State Attorney General, 1971-75 [3]
  • Dallas Norvell, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Monguagon Township, Michigan, 1859, 1864-66 [3]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Norvell 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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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