Old Norman Submitted Surnames
Old Norman names
were used by the Normans
in northwestern France.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
FITZEMPRESS History, Anglo-Norman
Means "son of the empress" in Anglo-Norman French. The three sons of Empress Matilda were known as Henry FitzEmpress (King Henry II of England), Geoffrey FitzEmpress, Count of Nantes, and William FitzEmpress, Count of Poitou.
Means "son of ROBERT". Robert being from the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht... [more]
GRISSOM Old Norman, Anglo-Saxon, French
Either from Old Norman griss
meaning "keeper of pigs" or from French gris
meaning "grey". The first known use of the name was Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange and Gresham College.
MANSELL Anglo-Norman, French
A status name for a particular type of feudal tenant, Anglo-Norman French mansel
, one who occupied a manse (Late Latin mansa
‘dwelling’), a measure of land sufficient to support one family... [more]