A-Z Challenge Surnames N


As a surname of English, Irish (in Ulster), Scottish and Dutch origin the name was used to denote someone of Scandinavian ancestry or someone from Normandy (northern France). During the Dark Ages Scandinavian Vikings called themselves norðmenn (“men from the North”). By 1066 Scandinavian settlers in England had been absorbed and Northman and Norman were used as bynames and later as personal names by both English and English of Scandinavian descent. After the Norman Invasion of England in 1066, the name Norman took on a new meaning as England was invaded by Normans from Normandy (in northern France).[1]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_(name)#cite_note-ancestry.com–Norman-family-history-1

OUR Normand family came from Strathmiglo, Fife in Scotland. The first NORMAND I can prove is part of our line is John NORMAND who was baptized the 9 June, 1769. His parents are listed as John NORMAND and Barbara RALPH.

A very high proportion of this surname appear in Fife and especially in the Strathmiglo area. I find so many Scottish surnames are taken from formerly French surnames that were introduced after the Norman Invasion…pardon the pun!

The surname was carried down in our family as a middle name right up to 1923.


About tiesthatbindsite

I'm a genealogist with a passion for Scottish and English ancestry. I'm trilingual so I can also do research in French Canadian records and Italian records. My love for family history began 35 years ago and continues to grow every day. My family is very important to me and I hope to instill in them a love for "where they came from" so that they can better understand who they are. I also want to share my love of family history with anyone who understands how important it is to not lose site of their ancestors. They all have a story to tell.
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