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Norman Name Meaning

English, Irish (Ulster), Scottish, and Dutch: name applied either to a Scandinavian or to someone from Normandy in northern France. The Scandinavian adventurers of the Dark Ages called themselves norðmenn ‘men from the North’. Before 1066, Scandinavian settlers in England were already fairly readily absorbed, and Northman and Normann came to be used as bynames and later as personal names, even among the Saxon inhabitants. The term gained a new use from 1066 onwards, when England was settled by invaders from Normandy, who were likewise of Scandinavian origin but by now largely integrated with the native population and speaking a Romance language, retaining only their original Germanic name. French: regional name for someone from Normandy. Dutch: ethnic name for a Norwegian. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Nordman. Jewish: Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic name. In at least one case it is an Americanized form of Novominsky, the name of a family from Uman in Ukraine. On coming to the United States around 1900, a member of this family changed his name to Norman, after which some relatives in Russia adopted this name in place of Novominsky. Swedish: from norr ‘north’ + man ‘man’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Notman, Orman, Gorman, Dorman, German, Nordman, Osman, Forman

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You can see how Norman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Norman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Norman families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 470 Norman families living in Ontario. This was about 37% of all the recorded Norman's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Norman families in 1911.
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What did your Norman ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Norman. 35% of Norman men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Norman women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Norman were Carpenter and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Operator
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
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What is the average Norman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Norman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Norman in 1940 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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