Show ContentsNorwell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norwell surname is thought to be derived from the name of a place in England named Northwell in Nottinghamshire. The name of this place combines the old English term for "north" with other geographic features such as "welle," meaning "a well or spring." [1]

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).

Early Origins of the Norwell family

The surname Norwell was first found in Sussex where Henry de Northwelle was registered in 1296 during the reign of King Edward I. [2]

Early History of the Norwell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Norwell research. Another 178 words (13 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 Norwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Norwell Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Norwell family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Norwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Norwell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Norwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Wm. Norwell, who arrived in Virginia in 1639

Contemporary Notables of the name Norwell (post 1700) +

  • Liam Connor Norwell (b. 1991), English cricketer
  • Tristin Norwell, Australian-born, British music composer
  • Henry Norwell, Boston merchant and benefactor to the town of Norwell, MA (incorporated in 1888), which bears his name
  • Clifford Norwell Marker (1903-1972), American professional football player

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook