Norton (surname)

Norton (surname)
Family name
Meaning North Town
Language(s) of origin English
Related names Norville, Nortown, Nortone, Nortun

The English surname Norton is said to have been of Anglo-Norman origin and to have been the anglicized form of the Norman name Norville, meaning "North Town." It was probably taken by its original bearer from the name of his place of residence and used with the prefix de, meaning "of".



The family of Norton is believed to have been descended from Seigneur de Norville, who went into England as Constable to William the Conqueror in the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066.[1]

Norton surname in Ireland

In Ireland, the surname could be of both Irish and English origin. The Nortons of Athlone are descended from Feradach O'Neachtain who died in 1790.[2]


People with the family name Norton include:


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  2. ^ Irish Family Names by Brian DeBreffny, published by Gill & MacMillan in 1982

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