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What does Norman mean?

Norman Pronunciation of Norman 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH norman, conquest (victory), scandinavia, medieval, 19th century


VARIANTS Norm, Normand, Normando, Normen, Normie

FEMININE FORMS Nora, Norma, Normandie



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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)

Norman reached its apex position of #40 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #1224 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Norman name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Norman outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Norm and Normand are the prominent related forms of Norman (#1224 FROM RECENT DATA) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Norman reached its most widespread 88 years ago (USAGE OF 0.5%) and has become significantly lower since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Norman, Norm, Normand in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Norman and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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