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Re: norie origins in england
Posted by: Martin Croucher (ID *****9511) Date: October 17, 2004 at 08:06:57
In Reply to: Re: norie origins in england by Debbi Norie of 64

The single "r" is unusual".

When in Scotland I heard the nickname "Norrie" given to someone with the first name "Norman". Norman is perhaps derived from "Norseman"

My Grandmother's maiden name was Norie.

Her father was Francis Norie, who when still a boy ran away to sea several times on each of which his family bought him out of the Merchant Service until finally they gave up and let him go. I have his dress sword a a photo of him in officer's uniform wearing it. When he retired he served as a coast guard, I believe in west Wales (Tenby?) and in Scotland.

I have the impression of my Grandmother having an affinity with Scotland. I believe she also referred to her father's family as having been silvermiths Sheffield, where they must have been well-to-do enought to buy their errant son out of the Merchant Navy!

The Norie side of her family were very artistic - she and her sister Olive were both artistically gifted, and her daughter (my mother), exhibited at the Roayal Academy in London in the late 1930's.

I have come across two Nories who were artists - James Norie (1684-1757) who I believe painted rural scenes and landscapes, and Orlando Norie (1832-1901) who specialised in military subjects.

In Scotland I learned that the Norie family name is said to be a Sept (i.e. on the distaff side) of the Clan Macleod of Harris.

I would be very interested to learn of the outcomes of any more researches!

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