Norman Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Norman
include Normand and Normanby. Meaning 'the Norman', this is a locational name from someone who came from the North. It can often refer to Viking invaders who were typically called 'men from the North'. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Mathew le Norman, Oxford, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Lucas Normanus, County Devonshire, who was recorded in the same document in the thirteenth century. In Ireland the name Norman and its variants are today mostly associated with County Dublin although they were introduced into Ulster Province, and County Derry in particular, by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. In the midland Counties there are some occasional references to the name Norman as early as the thirteenth century.The Norman
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Norman