Last name origins & meanings:
- English, Scottish, and Irish: regional name for someone who had
migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from
Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis
- English, Scottish, and Irish: topographic name for someone who lived in a house on
the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English
north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’.
- English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for
a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice,
norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).
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