Nourse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Nourse family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Nourse family lived in Leicestershire. The name, however, is a reference to Noiers, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Nourse family

The surname Nourse was first found in Leicestershire where they were Lords of the manor of Knossington, and where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. At the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086, the family was shown with several spellings, de Noiers, de Noies, de Nouuers, Noers, Nourse. The first Lord of the manor was Simon de Noers, and he was succeeded by Robert de Nowers, Lord of the manor of Knossington in 1278.

Early History of the Nourse family

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Nourse Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Nourse include Nourse, Norse, Nurse, Nowers, Noers, Noies and many more.

Early Notables of the Nourse family (pre 1700)

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United States Nourse migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Nourses to arrive on North American shores:

Nourse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Nourse, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • James Nourse, who arrived in Virginia in 1784 [1]
Nourse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C Nourse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Nourse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nourse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Nourse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839 [2]
  • Richard Nourse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nourse (post 1700) +

  • Edward Everett Nourse (1863-1929), American Congregational theologian
  • Chester "Chet" Linwood Nourse (1887-1958), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Alan Edward Nourse, American science fiction author and physician
  • Henry J. Nourse, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 2nd District, 1904 [4]
  • George A. Nourse, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, 1861-63 [4]
  • Dolores E. Nourse, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980 [4]
  • Charles C. Nourse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860; Iowa State Attorney General, 1861-65 [4]
  • A. N. Nourse, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1864 [4]
  • Arthur William "Dave" Nourse (1878-1948), English-born, South African cricketer
  • Lauren Nourse (b. 1982), Australian gold, silver and bronze medalist netball player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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