Notman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Notman comes from when the family resided at the knot, the summit of a rocky hill, from the residence near that place.

Early Origins of the Notman family

The surname Notman was first found in Derbyshire where traditionally the name was descended from the Scandinavian King Canute, or Cnut. Drayton sings "The Knot that called was Canutus, bird of old, of that great King of Danes, his name that still doth hold, his appetite to please that far and near was sought, for his, as some have said, from Denmark hither brought."

Cnut or Canute the Great (994?-1035), and by Scandinavian writers the Mighty and the Old, was king of the English, Danes, and Norwegians, and was the younger son of Sweyn, king of Denmark. [1]

Early History of the Notman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Notman research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1730, 1582, 1656, 1606 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Notman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Notman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Notman has been recorded under many different variations, including Cnot, Cnotte, Canute, Cnut, Knot, Knout, Knotte, Knott and many more.

Early Notables of the Notman family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Notman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Notman family to Ireland

Some of the Notman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Notman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Notman or a variant listed above:

Notman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Notman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Notman (post 1700) +

  • John Notman (1810-1865), Scottish-born American architect in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • William Notman Q.C. (1805-1865), Scottish-born, Canadian lawyer and politician in Canada West who represented Middlesex in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1848 to 1851
  • Alexander McKeachie Notman (b. 1979), Scottish football player
  • William Notman (1826-1891), Scottish-born, Canadian photographer and businessman, Queen Victoria named him "Photographer to the Queen"


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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