Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- Jewish: Americanized form of some like-sounding
- Swedish: from norr ‘north’ + man ‘man’.
- Albert Andriessen Bradt, a settler in Rensselaerswijck on the upper
Hudson River in NY, was originally from Norway and was known as de Norrman
(‘the Norwegian’). The waterway south of Albany which powered his mills
became known as the Normanskill (‘the Norman’s Waterway’), by
which name it is still known today.
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