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Norris Family History

Norris Name Meaning

regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

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


Similar surnames: Morris, Norrie, Orris, Norlin, Oris, Norrick, Harris, Boris, Corris

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Where is the Norris family from?

You can see how Norris families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Norris family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Norris families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 615 Norris families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Norris's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Norris families in 1911.
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What did your Norris ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Norris. 25% of Norris men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Norris women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Norris were Clerk and Servant.

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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
    25%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    16%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Servant
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Norris. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 101,000 military records available for the last name Norris. For the veterans among your Norris ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Norris lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Norris life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Norris in 1941 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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