Norman Family History

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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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Norman Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Norman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Norman Family Origin

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Norman Family Occupations

What did your Norman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Norman. The most common Norman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Norman's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Norman family was Coal Miner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Norman Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Norman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 71,000 military records available for the last name Norman. For the veterans among your Norman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Norman Life Expectancy

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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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