A surname from Orkney, Scotland.

The aim of this site is to provide assistance to genealogists and family historians researching the name Norquay.

There are details on over 500 individuals with the surname Norquay, this has been compiled from resources held by the Orkney Family History Society (OFHS)  and my own research.

There are two index pages, one for a list of births and another for marriages, from these you bring up the page for the individual. For details on how to navigate this site and other general information see the notes.

There is only information held on the site for the Norquay individuals. Requests for information on ancestors and descendants with other surnames should be directed to the OFHS.

This site was last updated 7th Sept 2004. To see the latest additions or changes to the information view the updates page.


Origins of the name:

There have been a few variants of the name Norquay, Norquoy, Nurquoy, Nurqwoy, Nurkway, Northquoy. Nowadays there just seems to be the two forms - Norquay & Norquoy.

Norquay is regarded as an Orkney name, a look at the IGI for the British Isles shows 96% of the Norquays were born in Orkney, and being localised in the parish of South Ronaldsay in particular.

George F Black, The Surnames of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1993) states:
Norquoy: Old Orcadian surname from one or other of the places named N. in the islands. Old Norse: nord kvi ‘north fold ‘.



An * against the name on the Births index indicates that there is a contact for descendants of this individual.
The individual page gives the parents, spouses and children (where known). Known events, typically birth, marriage, census and death, are listed in date order.
If the actual date is unknown I have used 01/01/YYYY.
The source of the information is shown inside [square brackets], the abbreviations used are OPR-Old Parish Registers, SI-Statutory Index / General Registers Office, FT - Family Tree.
The census details list all the individuals in the house and give their age, relationship to the head, condition - married/single etc, occupation and where born. The census reference is Parish/District/Property_Number.
To return to the index page click on the individuals Name or the heading Married:

If you have any comments, or more information or photographs you are willing to share, or would like your own contact details on a page, please let me know Dave Higgins

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