Norway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Norway is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in or near "the north wood," as in the northernmost wood within a particular jurisdiction; or in one of the several places named Norwood or Northwood found throughout England.  Another source notes the name was derived from the words "north" + "wood." .
Early Origins of the Norway family
The surname Norway was first found in Devon, where Painot de Norwude was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1176. A few years later, Pipe Rolls for Kent include Alexander de Norwuda in 1190 and Geoffrey Northwud was found in the Curia Regis Rolls for Norfolk in 1205. 
Some of the family were found in the parish of Sittingbourne in Kent where: "It is an incident worthy of notice in the ancient history of this town, that Henry V. was entertained at the Red Lion here, by John Northwood, a gentleman resident in the vicinity, at the expense of nine shillings and ninepence." 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two listings for the family: Mauger de Northwode, Bedfordshire; and William de Northwode, Suffolk and later, the Yorkshirew Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Tillot de Northwode; and Johannes Norwode. 
Early History of the Norway family
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Norway Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Norway family name include Norwood, Northwood, Norwold, Narwold and others.
Early Notables of the Norway family (pre 1700)
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Norway migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Norway surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Norway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Norway, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1679 
Contemporary Notables of the name Norway (post 1700) +
- Nevil Shute Norway (1899-1960), better known as Nevil Shute, English novelist and aeronautical engineer who spent his later years in Australia, one of the most popular novelists of the mid-20th century
- Norway Baldwin Jackes (1881-1908), Canadian bronze medalist rower at the 1908 Summer Olympics
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The Norway 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: Sub cruce vinces
Motto Translation: Under the cross, we shall conquer.
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