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 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 1024, when Gilbert de Noyers witnessed a charter of Duke Richard to Fontanelles. No locations is provided, but it is important to note that this entry was a lifetime (42 years) before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

By the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, "William De Noiers or De Nuers was an under-tenant in Norfolk; and 'the manor of Gothurst, or, as it is now called, Gayhurst in Buckinghamshire was, at the time of the Norman Survey, held under the Bishop of Bayeux by Robert de Nodariis, or Nowers, whose family not long afterwards became possessed of it in their own right.' Almaric de Noers, in the time of Henry III., held one knight's fee of William de Say, 'being (as it may be presumed) the same which Walter Giffard, Earl of Buckingham, 12 Hen. II., then certified that Hugh de Nuers held of him in that county." [1]

"His son William married the heiress of Stoke-­Goldington, and was the father of another Almaric, In 24 Edward I., he was one of those eminent persons who had summons to attend the great council then ordained to assemble at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In the year following, his name is mentioned as one of the knights of the shire for the county of Bucks, being then written Amary de Nowers. He died 2 Edward II, seized of the manors of Gothurst, Weston, and Stoke Goldington in Buckinghamshire, and of Cestre Parva, in the county of Northampton. Joan his wife died shortly after, 4 Edward II., being then seized of the manor of Lathebury, and of a part of the manor of Cainho, in the county of Bucks." [1]

The family was shown with several spellings, de Noiers, de Noies, de Nouuers, Noers, Nourse.

"William de Noers of Domesday had the custody of thirty-three of the Conqueror's manors in Norfolk, and is said to have stood high in his favour. Ralph de Nuers held Swanton-Nuers (Nowers) of the Bishop of Norwich, and witnesses a deed of Robert Fitz Ralph in the time of Henry II." [1]

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.

"Nowers or De Nowers was the ancient form of the name, and as such it occurred in the 18th century in Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire. However, it is probable, as Lipscomb points out, that the principal early home of the name was in Buckinghamshire, where the family of De Nowers possessed great influence in the 12th and 13th centuries, being now represented in that county by the later names of Nourse and Nurse." [2]

Early History of the Nourse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nourse research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nourse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

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

Nourse Ranking

In the United States, the name Nourse is the 16,413rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


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 [4]
  • James Nourse, who arrived in Virginia in 1784 [4]
Nourse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • C Nourse, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

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 [5]
  • Richard Nourse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [6]

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 [7]
  • George A. Nourse, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, 1861-63 [7]
  • Dolores E. Nourse, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980 [7]
  • Charles C. Nourse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1860; Iowa State Attorney General, 1861-65 [7]
  • A. N. Nourse, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1864 [7]
  • 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. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Buckinghamshire.htm
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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