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Norris Name Meaning

English:: habitational name from Middle English norreis noreis norais ‘northerner’ (Anglo-Norman French noreis) used both of Norwegians and of inhabitants of northern England and Scotland. from the Middle English personal name Norreis derived from norreis ‘northerner’. variant of Nurse an occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother from Middle English norice nurice ‘nurse; foster parent’ (Old French norrice nurrice).

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 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 Canada 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Servant
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Census Records

There are 635,000 census records available for the last name Norris. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Norris census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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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