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Gender: Male Meaning of Norman: "northerner, Norseman" Origin of Norman: English

The name Norman is a boy's name of English origin meaning "northerner, Norseman". Norman and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Boys".

From the experts:

Norman, perhaps because it sounds so much like the word 'normal', conjures up the image of a normal-looking guy with a normal kind of job-- not necessarily an image many modern parents seek for their sons. But though it's been off the national popularity list for several years, Norman is Number 694 on Nameberry. It was a Top 100 name for more than half a century, hitting a high in 1931 at Number 36, but today it's nowhere near one of the most popular boy names starting with N.

Norman has had a variety of notable namesakes over the years, from Americana artist Norman Rockwell to feisty novelist Norman Mailer to creepy mama's boy Norman Bates in Psycho.

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Famous People Named Norman

Norman Perceval Rockwell, American painter
Norman Kingsley Mailer, American novelist
Norman Mark Reedus, American actor
Norman Blake, Scottish musician from the band Teenage Fanclub
(Herbert) Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., U.S. Army General
Norman Louis Farberow, American psychologist
Norman Fell (born Norman Noah Feld), American actor
Norman Frederick Jewison, Canadian film director
Norman Milton Lear, American TV producer
Norman Gene "Norm" Macdonald, Canadian actor/comedian
Norman L. "Norm" Abram, American carpenter of This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop
Norman Steven "Norm" Maciver, Canadian ice hockey player and executive
Norman Chester "Norm" Harvey, American NFL player
Norman Lloyd, American actor
Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont, Baron Lamont of Lerwick, English politician
(Ralph) Norman Angell, English politician; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
(Walter) Norman Haworth, English chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Norman Ernest Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Gerald Norman "Jerry" Springer, British-born TV personality, attorney, and former Cincinnati mayor & news anchor
Norman Theuerkauf, German footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Norman

Norman Osborn aka the Green Goblin, villain in Spider-Man comics
Norman Jayden, character on game "Heavy Rain"
Norman Bates, character in book/film "Psycho" and TV series "Bates Motel"
Norman Babcock, main character in the animated movie "ParaNorman"
Norman Price, character on TV show "Fireman Sam"
Norman Nordstrom. character in the movie "Don't Breathe"
Norman, normal-type gym leader from the Pokemon series
Norman Long, main character in 2010 film "Norman"
Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, the real name of the character that becomes the Wizard of Oz
Norman the Doorman, character on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody"
Lake Norman, North Carolina

Normy, Normie, Normand, Normen, Norm

Norman's International Variations

Norrie (Scottish)


indiefendi2 Says:


The name's image is exactly how it sounds: sensible.

Eleri Gwenllian Says:


It doesn't remind me of the word "normal" - I see a Norman knight in chainmail armour.

I have no life Says:


Why yes, yes I did. :) Nice to see you again. How have you been?

Nahmen Says:


You called?

I have no life Says:


"Nahmen Jayden, FBI. I'm lookin' for Cahtah Blake. Is he here?" -Norman Jayden. It's a lovely name for a lovely man, but I don't want kids. I'm just a writer looking for names. I love this name though.

lesliemarion Says:


I used to abhor Norman, but in a world of tacky names, it now appeals to me. I can see triplets: Norman, Howard, and Walter.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I've began to like this name lately.

writtenmania Says:


Norman Schwarzkopf