Last name: Norris

Recorded in several forms including Noris, Norris, Norres, Norriss, Norrish, and dialectals such as Nares, Naris, and Nearise, this is an Anglo-French surname. It has three possible origins that have become intertwined over the centuries. The first and most generally applicable to modern-day bearers of the name is ethnic. It derives from the Norman-French pre 10th century word "norreis", meaning a northerner, or more pragmatically a Norseman or what we now know as a Viking. The dukedom of Normandy in France means the place of the North men, since it was settled by Vikings in the 8th century a.d. When the Norans invaded England in 1066, they were often fighting their own long lost relatives who were by then English. The second possible origin is topographical and English. It was a description for someone who lived "at the north house". This would be one on the north side of a village or settlement. The name is a fused form of 'Nor-hus' from the pre 7th century words "nor", meaning north, and "hus", a house. An early recording from this origin is that of Adam de Norhuse of Essex in the year 1206. The third possible origin is French and occupational. Probably introduced after the Norman Conquest of 1066, it originates from the French word "norrice", and describes a nurse or tender of the sick.. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Norreis. This was dated 1148, in the "Winton Rolls" of the county of Hampshire, during the reign of King Stephen of England, 1135 - 1154. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Annette Young

Hello. I have done my DNA and the results have matched me with the name Norrish on my paternal side. I am seeking a man who was in Adelaide, South Australia around 1954 who was in a relationship with Margaret. She tells me he was travelling around. I would like to connect to this man. Can anyone help?

madison norris

hi i am from lindsay california i would like to connect to any possible family out there

Ben Norris

My Nan was Gloria Krelle, she married a Norris who was in the Navy and then ran off to Australia in the 1950s, im from the uk and i am the last Norris in my family as my mum and nan have both passed, ring any bells anyone?

Annette Young

Your story sounds interesting. I recently did DNA and the name Norrish came up not Norris. From various sources I am told my father came off a ship. When he heard he got my mother pregnant he got on a ship and left. All needs to be confirmed. There appears to be a similar pattern in your own story. What year did he come out to Australia? Contact:

Terri norris

Hi my mum angela norris is wondering if any family members who is related or possibly related to Mary chapman previously known as norris middle name Anne. As my dad took the name norris on also Alfred norris born 1843 kings lynn who stepfather was William chapman. Also from kings lynn area you have my sisters Lorraine and samantha norris and my brother Shaun norris my mums name was evelynn margrett smith now married to a pike. Thanks if anyone can help to find out more of my family members please email


My biological family is Norris. They are from MN. I just barely started looking into the name of Norris. Is anyone related to the MN Norris's?


I am also related to Standley Norris- Laura Harris from Irving Iowa

J Norris

I was born in north MN. Idk if that rings any bells.

J Norris

If it does post and we might have something to talk about if I know more exact information....

Ava Norris

hello im your sister

Scott Norris
Have done some extensive family research and have (if accurate) chased our roots back to Rev. Edward Norris III who arrive in Massachusets in 1637 (and his son John 2 years earlier, on the Truelove) and preached in Salem 30 years before the infamous witch trials.. Loosely I have traced our family back in England to approx. 1090 when a Norice was a liason to the king of Norway. It appears that Norris' could have come across with William the Conquerer from France (the Normans) into England in 1060. Whether my family was part of the fun or not, I am still unsure.

Emily Norris
Mothers maiden name is Haney, dad's last name is Norris.

Not much is known about my fathers ancestry.

Emily Norris
I live in the USA haven't heard of many other Norris' in my area

Gail (Norris) King
I live in Florida but am originally from the UK

delores norris
Norris in ohio.belmont a norris .father charles d norris

Walker Norris
The Norris clan can come from so many countries but I want to say that most of us must have come from the North. Whether or not we are Norsemen puzzles me because being from the North is so vague. I usually just embrace the idea of being a viking because they lived such hard and rewarding lives yet my Christian faith does not allow me to practice or accept these ancient gods. The vikings came from all over and settled in France and Britain so if you think you are solely British or French, you should reconsider.

thomas norris
norris an higgins cross .any more out there

Hello - I've just been searching today but have visited numerous Norris sites. None seem to note my lineage - perhaps we're a lost link? My father was John Black, my gd James Baxter and ggd John Black. To my knowledge, ggd travelled to America from Glasgow Scotland. He married an Agostino and I believe a Saunders having many children in both America and Glasgow. Gd was a tailor who moved to America with his wife Jane (Jean) nee McTyre around 1918 when my dad John was 5 through Ellis Island to Boston Massachusetts. James and Jane had two biological children - John and Margaret - and one adopted Monica. Story has it that ggd was well over 6 foot tall, perhaps 7 foot. A giant of man for the times and had numerous children from his American wives. I do not know his birth or death dates. I do not know gd's birth but he died 5/1977. gm died 4/1988 I believe, brother James Baxter died 8/1988, dad John Black died 8/1995. any relatives of mine here?

Paul Norris
Norris from South africa and now in New Zealand.

Nick Norris
I am Nick Norris. Trying to find how far back my family goes. See my ancestors so any info just email me at

Patrick Norris
I am Patrick Joseph Norris the 7th and my son is the 8th - I live in Glasgow Scotland but was born in Ireland where my dad Patrick Joseph Norris the 6th lives in Dungarvan co. Waterford. We can trace the previous 5 generations to the cemetry at st. Laurence's church in ballinroad. Norris is a reasonably common name in the county of Waterford with me knowing at least 5 other families of the same name which are not immediately related.

Jackie Norris
Hi Patrick,
We're the Longford Norris's. Do you know of any link between our families?? Mostly farming backgrounds, some emigrated to USA.

Danni ashby

My great grandfather is a Norris. And I'm tracing my lineage. I live in Kentucky and my family originated from Ireland any connections?

Info requested on Mary Norris / Norreys & Denis Shine (Buttevant / Doneraile). Mary Norris married Denis Shine in Buttevant Parish, Cork, Ireland in 1846. The children were Patrick Shine (b.1847), Mary Shine (b.1850), Catherine Shine (b.1855), Elizabeth Shine (b.1858), Denis Shine (b.1863)and Ellen (Nora? / Ellenora?) Shine (b.1867). The children were born in the Ballybeg, Buttevant and Doneraile areas of Cork. Patrick Norris / Norreys was a witness to the birth of a child of Mary Norris / Norreys & Denis Shine in Doneraile, County Cork, Ireland - the child was Denis Shine (b.1863). He may also be associated with the Ballybeg, Buttevant and Mallow areas. Information requested on Patrick Norris / Norreys please. Cousins of this family at this time may have been Nagles and Buckleys. Information requested on all the above please (I have birth records for their children). momail4 (at)

Eric Culham Norrie
It's really odd, my name makes some sense as a variant of Culham Norris, but it also almost makes more sense as the Farsi "Ghulam Noori." Interesting stuff.

Mary McGuigan
my name is also norris . my father was francis norris from Co tyrone Northern Ireland .I was also a Nurse and live in the North. Difficult to trace relations. Mary mcGuigan

Beatrice Martingale
Caroline 1849 b Amhersburg On: Ellen 1865 and Mary 1869 NORRIS in Kingston On Canada any information would help Beatrice Martingale

Brett Norris
Hi I'm looking to gain more information regarding my relatives as well my names Brett i'm twenty four, CA, and I have mild hemophilia, a blood disorder traced back to england. Any info would cool thanks

Tammy Norris
My grandfather was also a mild hemophilia. His father "emigrated" to the S. F., CA area in 1901 or so. Do you know any of your Norris ancestors' names? He left Texas but was from Tennessee.

Trishda Norris
My family reside in Tennessee, our last name is Norris.

Janet bajada
Brett was yr dads name jimmy

Was yr grand dads name jimmy norris

Janet bajada
If you live in melb australia we are still here i think my mum is yr aunty eileen. Towers formely norris

Chuck Norris

We are all one family

Sheila Heald
Hi, How interesting your comments were all of you, but unfortunately I have no records going back as far as you, William b1806 & wife Sarah live in Tiverton, son Ernest Havill Norrish b1869, that;s as far as I go back, wish I could find out more about them or their family. Would love to hear from anyone with any information about this Norrish (Norris) family.

Hi, I am a Norris and have been researching my family tree for over 30 years. I got stuck on the Norris side so spent a lot of time researching them and yes,,,I know all about the Woolwich side as well. My Norris lived in Speke Hall in Liverpool, Hall i'th Wood Bolton and Haigh Hall Wigan. My Norris ancestor Sir Henry was one of those who caused Queen Ann Boleyn to loose her head (Sir Henry Norris (courtier) (c. 1482 131536), Groom of the Stool to Henry VIII, alleged lover of Anne Boleyn) I have the full and long history of the English branch if anyone is interested and as far as I am aware they were Vikings /Normans - and came over with William the C (also my ancestor several times over) PS: I am also a Nurse and live in the North

Lynn Norris
I am also descended from Sir Henry Norris, & am a descendant of Thomas Norris, who was recorded in Maryland, in 1630. Thomas was born in England in 1608, ran away from home at age 11 & went to sea. He was then recorded in Maryland in 1630. You can google him with his name in Maryland, 1630. My relations have traced our connection directly from him. Hope this is helpful!!!!

I am a Norris, living in MD. So far I have found that I quite possibly am descended from Thomas Norris as well. Just have to confirm one link to make that better than a guess. How do you connect to Thomas? He is my 10th great grandfather.

again...if you have any good info email me at

Ashleigh Norris
My mum's name is Lynn!

Amber norris
I am a Norris and I have been searching my family history I search and found out my 2nd great Gand dad came from Ireland and don't know any more after that

anne casey
I am backtracking looking for my granduncles who where from cork


My mother's maiden name was Norris and I have traced her ancestry back to a George Norris, born St Marylebone, London around 1791. He married a Mary Wise and they lived in west Drayton, Middlesex. I have not been able to fin George's Parents, can you help?

Sue Norris
My maiden name is Norris. I live in South Australia, though my family are from Woolwich, London, England. I am trying to trace my family tree. My GGG Grandparents were Charles George Norris born 1813 Middlesex and Jane Norris (nee French) born 1814 Surrey. They were married on 12 June 1836 and had a son Henry Robert Norris (1844 - 1916) If anyone has any information, please let me know.

Nina Power
My mother's maiden name is Norris, from Wesleyville, Nfld, Canada. I've traced her Norris and Mullett (my grandmother's maiden name) family trees back to around 1800, when the first permanent settlements were allowed in Nfld. Prior to that fisherman came to the island during the summer, but weren't permitted to overwinter, so they returned to England (primarily). I'm trying to continue the trace in England - most came from Dorset - but it's difficult to do online because the names are rather common. My six times great-grandfather was named John Norris and his wife was named Mary (don't know her maiden name). I think he was born around 1770, but not sure. The first record of him occurs in Nfld. in 1805 - he was a planter, which is essentially a fisherman with a stage set up to dry fish. I've also traced my six times gg Mullett. His name was Thomas and his wife's name also Mary. I think he was born around 1790 - 1800, probably in the Dorset area. I've found more than one listing in the England registries for both of these names, but can't narrow it down because I don't have any additional info to go on. If anyone has any suggestions as to how to proceed with this, I'd appreciate it.

Amanda Evans - Grobe

I see this post is from a couple years back but I would love to hear from you. I have just started to research this line of my family tree and am hitting several walls, I am pretty new to this and any tips would be great. My maternal grandmother is Olive Barnes maiden name Mullett from Wesleyville in Nfld, her father was Alphonsis Mullett and his wife was Alfreda ........ I would love if we could touch base. I can be reached at

Sheila Heald
My maiden name was Norris, we come from Nottinghamshire, but my father's grandfather was Ernest Havill Norrish b1869 in Tiverton, Devon, UK. Mothers name was Mary Norrish b1853 also in Tiverton, her father was William Norrish born c1806 also in Tiverton, his wife was Sarah ? They had 6 children, William b1829, Emma b1835, Louisa b1838, Sarah b1841, Eliazabeth b1843, also the mary above. If anyone can help me with tracing my family history, please contact me.

paul norris
i shouldve mentioned that my grandad moved away from peterborough during the second world war or just after. my dad was born in 1945 in peterbrough so some time around then i guess

paul norris
patricia how a norris and my sister married a Mcann..anyway all i know is that my grandad norris was from peterbrough and had 12 brother norris's (cant be too many norris;s with that many brothers about) and left the family to move to london and live and marry my nan and never had anymore contact with hes family from peterbrough so guess i must have many distant relatives who i havent a clue about, maybe someone could help out with any knowledge ?/ if so contact me on

Lynn Norris
My family is decendents of Thomas Norris, & he came to Maryland, USA around 1630. My grandfather, Greenberry Norris came to Burris, Ontario, Canada in 1898 & he took a homestead & his family joined him there in 1900, after he prepared a log home for them to live in. They were strong, hardy people, & I am proud of my heritage

Antoinette Norris ....................all the generations of norris are listed here but hours of reading and so well worth it id traced my ggg grandfather to cork ireland but found a lot more in that link

Lorraine Cole
Hi, My name is Lorraine cole and my 6th generation grand father was Richard Norris who was sent from Ireland in 1799 arriving in Australia in 1800 as a convict. I have had a hard time tracing his family in Ireland but he was a farmer here in the Windsor (Cornwallis)district of NSW where he married Mary Williams in 1801 and had 10 children. John, Michael and Richard were popular name in the family.I have heard but can't confirm his father was also a farmer and he had brother's and sisters. some went to America, others came free to Australia. Would love to find out who his family were and get to know some decendents.

nancy bangs
hi, my name was nancy elaine norris now bangs fathers name - erving gail norris and his bro was clifford norrisi was told by my father 7 brothers landed in pennsylvania and spread over the us my dad was born in 1916 i was born in 1944,he went threw the great depressiion.i was told we were german ,black dutch,spanish.scotch,irish and last but not least cherrokee,i am a american,hehe

Sam Norris
Wow this is so interesting. I don;t know much about my family history as my father Steve is quite private about it. Are there any family tree, ancestory databases online that can be used free of charge?

Keith John Norris
Interesting reading by my fellow family all over the world. My family we believe came from Norway after the time of the Viking pillaging. They sought a better life which we have been able to trace to Isle of Mann ,Scotland and Ireland and Nova Scotia in canada. We did spread our seed far upon the wind. Some of our women have been from Denmark and many other races have married into our family melting pot. We are proud of our family and heritage and rejoice that we have been able to contribute to our home Australia in many sporting events and many wars overseas. We number many in the enforcement of law such as Magistrates and Policemen. We are descendants of Jeremiah Norris who arrived in Australia in 1850 from Canada. We welcome all to the family. ANIMO ET FIDE

Alexei N
Hahah, Interesting there, I'm a Norris, from the Isle of Man, scottish/irish and English/norwegian decent.

keith norris
Thanks for the info Alexei where did your family go to traced mine to canada and america circa 1810/1840 i am stuck at mifflin county at the moment but i shall press on

My maiden name was NORRISS (English). My grandfather Ernest Edgar NORRISS with his wife Edith (McCann) settled on farmland near Merriden, near Perth (Western Australia). Any English relatives over there ? Cheers Patricia

ken norris
I am a norris interested in finding my ancestors beyiond my ggg grandfather, Richard Norris and wife Sarah Parker, both of whom we have been unable to find their parents or further information for a very long time. Richard was born 3 May 1785 in London and sarah born 8 Jan 1783 in Southwick, England. Any information you have or kknow about; names, dates, histories, journals, books(area histories), etc., that you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Wesley Norris
Hi Ken! This probably wont help, but my father's name is Richard Norris. His father's name is Basil. Both live in Connecticut, USA

florence Norris
How Funny...interesting...My brother in law's name is Wesley, my husband is Samuel (sam norris) and their fathers name is Richard Norris. We live in California, and Arizona. . Black American background...

Are you the ken Norris who rides tandem cycles?

hazel grove

i was wondering if anyone knew name agnes norris that not her maiden name,i do not know, all i know my great uncle john patrick kane from hfx,n.s, went to visit her in 1945 if anyone can help me please e-mail me

Austin Norris
Wow.. I'm a Norris, an i just learned a few crazy things. First Nor also means "light or illumination" We own an Electric Company 4 Generations strong.. Second my Grandma was the head Nurse for our School district for 12 years.. An lastly I live and grew up 13 miles North of the nearest town.. Crazy what you'll learn God Bless to all the Norris's!

ellen norris
im a norris and I never knew I was part french!

Wow! I am a Norris, and I am currently a paramedic and soon going to medical school! I can't trace my ancestry directly due to huge gaps in my geneological tree, so I guess this will have to do as my heritage...