The surname of NORDAN was a locational name of obscure meaning, probably the dweller by the north of the village or town, or from some now extinct place called NORDON. The name is also spelt NORDEN and NORDIN. Early records of the name mention John NORDEN and Margaret Lewis, who were married at Westminster, London in the year 1580 and Martha, daughter of John NORDEN was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1591. John NORDON and Elizabeth Skinner were married in London in 1647. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. A later record of the name mention George Westrop and Amy NORDON who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1687.
In Hotten's 'The Original Lists of Persons of Quality' which includes emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of years, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed and others, who went to America from Great Britain to the American Plantations between 1600 and 1700 is included Nathaniell NORDIN who on the 20th November, 1635 imbarqued on the ship 'Expedition' from the town of Gravesend, England, to be transported to the Bardadoes.
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