The surname Norris is of English and Scottish origin. It is a regional name for someone who had migrated from the North ( i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia ); derived from the Old French ‘nor(r)eis’ northerner. The name thus comes to signify ‘the man from the north’; it could also sometimes mean the Norwegian, but generally the ‘north countree’. It could also be a topographical name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Old English ‘nord’, north and ‘hus’, house; dweller at the north house. The four cardinal directions, North, South, East, and West, served to surname men who had come to a new residence from an indefinite place in the direction named. It could also be a occupational name for a wet nurse or foster mother, from the Old French ‘nurice’, ‘norrice’ ( Latin ‘nutrix’, a nurse ). It is a common name in the midlands and the south of England. It is also used as a personal name. In Ireland it may also be a regional name for someone from Ulster, the northern area of Ireland, in part as an anglicization of the Gaelic name Mac an Ultaigh. The name da… Coat of arms: Argent a chevro…
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