This interesting name is of English locational origin from either Narramore in Devonshire. Northmore in Oxfordshire, recorded "la Mora" in the Pipe Rolls of 1195, and "Mora" in the Curia Rolls of 1208, or Northmore in Cornwall. The place name may be a topographical name for someone who lived on the northern part of a moor from the Medieval English "north", North and the Old English "mor", a moor. The surname itself first appears in the early 14th Century, (see below). The church records of the county of Devon record the following early entries: Alis, daughter of William Norramor was christened at St. Mary, Tedburn, Yorkshire on October 31st 1591; One Elizabeth Noramore married John Coder at Coffinswell on October 30th 1615, while at Crediton Ursula Narramoore married Thomas Brownscombe on May 3rd 1641; At Ideford, Elizabeth Narramore married John Wreford on January 8th 1710. The earliest recording of the name in London is one William Narromore who married Sarah Bennett at St. Dunstans, Stepney on October 6th 1628. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Bynorthemore, which was dated 1318, Placenames of Devonshire, during the reign of King Edward 11, "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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