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Norman

Norman (m) ‘North man.’ The name was formerly much
used in Scotland: it was 31st most frequently used name
in 1858; 29th in 1930, 50th in 1958. A 1975 count, however, showed that it has fallen out of use. Black (Surnames of Scotland) tells us that the name was used as a substitute for the Norse Tormod, or Thormond, names meaning ‘Thor minded’ and ‘Thor protected,’ both of which, says Black, were ‘favourite names with the Macleods.’

Norman was much used in the U.S.A. from 1900, and it became fashionable in England and Wales between 1925 and 1935. It is now rarely used anywhere. The usual feminine form is Norma, but two girls born in Scotland in 1958 were named Noramana.

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