Norman name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Norman mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Norman

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Norman means "North Man".
  2. According to a user from Minnesota, U.S., the name Norman means "Man From The North".
  3. A user from Florida, U.S. says the name Norman is of American origin and means "From the north".
  4. A user from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Norman means "Viking".
  5. A user from Egypt says the name Norman is of Norwegian origin and means "A farmer".
  6. A user from Indonesia says the name Norman means "Really".
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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")

From Middle English Norman, from Old English Norman (a variant of Norþman) and Old French Normant. 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, 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 from Old English used in the Middle Ages and revived in the 19th century.
  4. A city, the county seat of Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States
  5. A person whose ancestors are from Normandy or who resides in Normandy.
  6. 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.
  7. (rare) A Northman.

Norman was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Czech, Middle English, Old French, Old Occitan, and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons Named Norman

Notable Persons Named Norman

Norman Reedus

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.

Norm Macdonald

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.

Norman Rockwell

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.

Norman Borlaug

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.

Norman Mailer

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.

Norman Cook/Fatboy Slim

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

Notable Persons With the Last Name Norman

Josh Norman

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

Greg Norman

Greg Norman is a golf player.

Chris Norman

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.

Jace Norman

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.

Peter Norman

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

Don Norman

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.


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 300th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 253,760 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 5,591 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 63rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 66 babies in Iowa have the same name in 1945.
  • Weird things about the name Norman: The name spelled backwards is Namron. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ramonn. 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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