Norma Name Meaning & Origin

Norma

Pronunciation: NOHR-mə (key)

Origin of the name Norma:

From the Old French Normant, derived from the Frankish nortman, which is composed of the elements nort (north) ande man (man): hence, "northman, Norseman." The name was originally used to identify a member of the group of Scandinavians who occupied Normandy in the 10th century and, later, the native inhabitants of Normandy,

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I have been called: Normie, Norm, and when I was in serious troube "Normajean!"

My mother, Norma, was known to her family as Nonnie -- pronounced Naw-knee. Go figure.

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Famous real-life people named Norma

Norma Herrera, telenovela actress
Norma Jeane Mortenson, Marilyn Monroe's birth name
Norma Talmadge, silent screen actress
Norma Shearer-Oscar winning American actress, queen of MGM in the 30's.

Norma in song, story & screen

"Goodbye Norma Jean", part of the lyrics to Elton John's "Candle in the Wind".
"Norma Jean and Marilyn", TV movie.
"Norma Jean Riley", song by Diamond Rio (July '97)
Norma Desmond, lead character in the film "Sunset Boulevard", played by Gloria Swanson
Norma Bates, Norman Bates' ("Psycho") mother
"Norma Rae," movie with the title character played by Sally Fields
Norma, opera by Bellini

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