What does Norman mean?
Norman [nor-man] as a boys' name is pronounced NOR-mahn. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Norman is "northerner". The name was used in England even before the Norman conquest, and may have referred to a person from Norway or some other region north of Britain. The Normans who conquered England in 1066 were originally from Scandinavia, but had stopped for about a century to conquer and settle in Northern France, the region known as Normandy, before moving across the English Channel to attack Britain from the south. After medieval use and later neglect, the name was strongly revived in the 19th century. Authors Norman Mailer, Norman Vincent Peale; artist Norman Rockwell; TV producer Norman Lear; American General Norman Schwarzkopf.
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How popular is Norman?
Norman is a very popular first name for males (#113 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#461 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the baby name history of Norman for boys. Norman reached its apex position of #40 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #1236 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Norm and Normand are the prominent related forms of Norman (#1236 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Norman reached its most widespread 85 years ago (usage of 0.5%) and has become significantly lower since.
Suggested similar names are Arman, Carman, Colman, Cormac, Corwan, Doran, Dorian▲, Dorran, Erman, Furman, Garman, German, Goran, Gordan, Gorman, Harman, Herman▼, Hofman, Holman, Jarman, Jerman, Joran, Jordan, Jorgan, Jorian, Karman, Loman, Loran, Lorcan, Lowman, Morgan▼, Naaman, Naman, Neuman, Newman, Nolan▲, Nollan, Norton, Norval, Norvin, Norvyn, Norwin, Norwyn, Orman, Rodman, Roman▲, Toran, Torean, Torran and Youman. These names tend to be less commonly used than Norman.See names in meaning and etymology.