Norman

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Norman mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Norman

"Norman" is a name of English origin, and it means "Man from the north". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun nor"man
A wooden bar, or iron pin.

Etymology: F. normand

adjective Nor"man
Of or pertaining to Normandy or to the Normans; as, the Norman language; the Norman conquest.

Etymology: F. normand, of Scand. origin. See Northman, and cf. Norse

noun Nor"man
A native or inhabitant of Normandy; originally, one of the Northmen or Scandinavians who conquered Normandy in the 10th century; afterwards, one of the mixed (Norman-French) race which conquered England, under William the Conqueror.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An inhabitant of Normandy
  2. Australian golfer (born in 1955)
  3. United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
  4. Of or relating to or characteristic of the Normans ("the Norman Invasion in 1066")
  5. Of or relating to or characteristic of Normandy ("Norman beaches")
Wiktionary

It is certain that the word is derived from the base of the Germanic words for north and the Germanic base of the words for man. However, given the frequent movement of Germanic groups especially into and out of Britain in the post-classical world, it is unclear in what tongue it came to be used first. In addition, the generally accepted meaning, a person from Normandy or one of the many French speaking invaders to Britain, was used chiefly by Anglo-Norman and Old French, though it originally referred to any Scandinavian of the time. See also Northman.

  1. The langue d'oïl variant, closely related to the French of "Ile de France" (i.e. Paris), spoken in Normandy and the Channel Islands, which influenced the development of Quebec French (until the mid 20th century), and was for several centuries the ruling language of England (see Anglo-Norman).
  2. A surname​, for someone from Normandy, or for a Viking (Northman).
  3. A male given name used in the Middle Ages and revived in the 19th century.
  4. A person whose ancestors are from Normandy or who resides in Normandy.
  5. A member of the mixed Scandinavian and Frankish peoples who, in the 11th century, were a major military power in Western Europe and who conquered the English in 1066.
  6. (rare) A Northman.

Norman was also found in the following language(s): Old French, Old Provençal, and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named Norman

Norman Reedus is an actor and model. He was most prominent from 1993 to 1993. Norman was given the name Norman Mark Reedus on January 6th, 1969 in Hollywood, Florida.

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Norm Macdonald is a political satire, observational comedy, anti-humor, black comedy, surreal humour, and wit comedian. Norm was given the name Norman Gene Macdonald on October 17th, 1963 in Quebec City.

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Norman Rockwell was an artist in the fields of painting and illustration. Norman was given the name Norman Percevel Rockwell on February 3rd, 1894 in New York City, U.S. He left this life on November 8th, 1978.

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Norman Borlaug was a scientist in the fields of agronomy, plant pathology, and genetics. Norman was given the name Norman Ernest Borlaug on March 25th, 1914 in Cresco, Iowa. He died on September 12th, 2009.

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Norman Mailer was a fiction and non-fiction novelist, essayist, journalist, columnist, poet, playwright, and list of essayists. Norman was given the name Norman Kingsley Mailer on January 31st, 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, US. He left this life on November 10th, 2007.

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Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim is a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Norman was given the name Quentin Leo Cook on July 31st, 1963 in Bromley, Kent, England. Norman is also known as Fatboy Slim, others. See pseudonym section, and others.See pseudonym section.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Norman

Josh Norman is a football player for the Carolina Panthers. Josh was born on December 15th, 1987 in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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Greg Norman is a golf player.

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Chris Norman is a soft rock musician. His ongoing career started in 1964. Chris was given the name Christopher Ward Norman on October 25th, 1950 in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England.

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Jace Norman is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Jace was born Jace Norman on March 21st, 2000 in Corrales, New Mexico.

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Peter Norman was an athlete. Peter was born on June 15th, 1942 in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. He died on October 3rd, 2006.

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Don Norman is a scientist in the fields of cognitive science and usability engineering. Don was given the name Donald Arthur Norman on December 25th, 1935.

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How popular is the baby name Norman in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 102 0 102
1881 95 0 95
1882 107 0 107
1883 106 0 106
1884 130 0 130
1885 118 0 118
1886 161 0 161 #96 boy name
1887 119 0 119
1888 156 0 156
1889 141 0 141
1890 156 0 156
1891 163 0 163 #99 boy name
1892 191 0 191 #98 boy name
1893 172 6 166
1894 199 0 199 #95 boy name
1895 211 0 211 #91 boy name
1896 178 0 178
1897 197 0 197 #91 boy name
1898 207 0 207 #96 boy name
1899 228 5 223 #84 boy name
1900 321 5 316 #82 boy name
1901 238 0 238 #83 boy name
1902 261 5 256 #84 boy name
1903 238 0 238 #86 boy name
1904 305 0 305 #77 boy name
1905 355 5 350 #71 boy name
1906 324 0 324 #76 boy name
1907 368 6 362 #75 boy name
1908 374 0 374 #74 boy name
1909 415 0 415 #75 boy name
1910 557 0 557 #63 boy name
1911 691 0 691 #63 boy name
1912 1,378 11 1,367 #61 boy name
1913 1,759 11 1,748 #57 boy name
1914 2,348 13 2,335 #54 boy name
1915 3,282 20 3,262 #50 boy name
1916 3,633 24 3,609 #48 boy name
1917 3,809 20 3,789 #46 boy name
1918 3,895 28 3,867 #49 boy name
1919 3,832 24 3,808 #48 boy name
1920 4,142 33 4,109 #47 boy name
1921 4,505 26 4,479 #46 boy name
1922 4,563 37 4,526 #44 boy name
1923 4,735 28 4,707 #44 boy name
1924 5,079 35 5,044 #42 boy name
1925 5,013 37 4,976 #41 boy name
1926 5,340 55 5,285 #39 boy name
1927 5,536 48 5,488 #39 boy name
1928 5,633 47 5,586 #39 boy name
1929 5,212 55 5,157 #40 boy name
1930 5,337 41 5,296 #40 boy name
1931 5,458 36 5,422 #37 boy name
1932 5,316 46 5,270 #37 boy name
1933 4,994 39 4,955 #37 boy name
1934 5,010 21 4,989 #38 boy name
1935 5,060 19 5,041 #38 boy name
1936 4,669 24 4,645 #43 boy name
1937 4,697 23 4,674 #43 boy name
1938 4,988 38 4,950 #43 boy name
1939 4,758 17 4,741 #44 boy name
1940 4,601 25 4,576 #48 boy name
1941 4,480 23 4,457 #49 boy name
1942 4,700 20 4,680 #53 boy name
1943 4,543 21 4,522 #56 boy name
1944 4,095 26 4,069 #58 boy name
1945 3,741 16 3,725 #65 boy name
1946 4,183 21 4,162 #76 boy name
1947 4,426 15 4,411 #81 boy name
1948 3,912 18 3,894 #85 boy name
1949 3,678 8 3,670 #90 boy name
1950 3,661 23 3,638 #90 boy name
1951 3,749 14 3,735 #90 boy name
1952 3,586 16 3,570 #96 boy name
1953 3,386 15 3,371 #98 boy name
1954 3,423 12 3,411 #99 boy name
1955 3,437 27 3,410
1956 3,440 19 3,421
1957 3,350 15 3,335
1958 3,086 18 3,068
1959 2,796 20 2,776
1960 2,717 24 2,693
1961 2,702 13 2,689
1962 2,800 12 2,788
1963 2,501 20 2,481
1964 2,269 14 2,255
1965 2,321 19 2,302
1966 2,186 15 2,171
1967 1,974 20 1,954
1968 1,787 22 1,765
1969 1,673 20 1,653
1970 1,538 14 1,524
1971 1,362 20 1,342
1972 1,185 11 1,174
1973 998 10 988
1974 1,008 9 999
1975 858 9 849
1976 833 8 825
1977 770 14 756
1978 752 13 739
1979 705 8 697
1980 732 7 725
1981 686 0 686
1982 639 5 634
1983 630 6 624
1984 601 7 594
1985 583 9 574
1986 502 0 502
1987 531 6 525
1988 500 8 492
1989 496 0 496
1990 443 0 443
1991 521 0 521
1992 405 0 405
1993 393 0 393
1994 328 0 328
1995 279 0 279
1996 263 0 263
1997 294 0 294
1998 271 0 271
1999 238 0 238
2000 268 0 268
2001 226 0 226
2002 208 0 208
2003 219 0 219
2004 209 0 209
2005 195 0 195
2006 178 0 178
2007 189 0 189
2008 188 0 188
2009 161 0 161
2010 144 0 144
2011 126 0 126
2012 157 0 157
2013 159 0 159
2014 172 0 172
2015 147 0 147
2016 181 0 181
2017 170 0 170

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Popularity of Norman as a first name

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Popularity of Norman as a last name

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Common last names for Norman

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  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • White
  • Martin
  • Hall
  • Moore
  • Wright
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Norman U.S.
  White 68.97% 64.26%
  African American 25.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Norman

People with the last name Norman are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Norman

  • What name lists does Norman rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Norman? Norman is the 296th most popular name of all time. As a last name Norman was the 495th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Norman have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 253,409 babies born with the first name Norman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Norman to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Norman? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 102 new born babies.
  • When was Norman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Norman is Monday, October 20th, 1823.
  • What year had the most people named Norman born? The highest recorded use of the first name Norman was in 1928 with a total of 5,586 babies. That's a lot of babies named Norman!
  • Random Norman Factoid: According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Norman ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 11 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Norman: Your name in reverse order is Namron. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mnoarn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Norman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 67,704 people with the last name Norman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Norman? Norman was ranked as the 495th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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