This name is linked to several different roots. 1) It was created by Felice Romani for the main character of his work “Norma”. 2) From the Old French “Normanz” which in turn is from two Old High German elements: “nord” (north) plus “man” (man). The name was used to denote someone of Scandinavian ancestry or someone from Normandy (northern France). During the Dark Ages Scandinavian Vikings called themselves norðmenn. The Normans, were a mixed Scandinavian-Frankish people descended from Norse Vikings who settled in the territory of Normandy in France after being given a Duchy by the French King, conquered other lands and protected the French coast from foreign attacks.
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