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Norman Osborn is the name of the Spider-Man villain Green Goblin. He was portrayed by Willem Dafoe in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films and Chris Cooper in the Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Sweetlittlebumblebee  11/24/2019
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My name is Norman. I was named after my father, He was named after his grandfather. Distant cousins have the name. Not sure about more than that. However, I hated the name growing up. My aunts always were singing this annoying song from the 60's about a girl swooning over her boyfriend Norman. You can unfortunately still find this on YouTube. Another reason is that kids in school called me Norman the Doorman. But the absolute worst was when Alfred Hitchcock made the movie, 'Psycho'. Kids in school would come up to me like they were wielding a knife, trying to imitate the shower scene from the movie, complete with the trilling music sounds. It got better when the TV show 'Cheers' came out. People would yell 'Norm!' when I entered the room. Nowadays, young people don't know what that show even was. Whenever there is some crazy, nerdy, or bizarre character in a TV show, they name him Norman. I did not name my son Norman. I didn't want him to go through extra hell. Life is tough enough. I finally have grown into the name. I am 56 years old. I think Norman used to be a more respectable name. Hollywood killed it. Maybe it can recover. Anyway, just my thoughts here. -Norm.
NormShields  9/26/2019
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Norman Powell (born May 25, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Powell won his first championship when the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals in six games.
sambchop  6/18/2019
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I had a friend whose name was Norman and I miss him so much for he passed away last year at the age of 20.
Luthreto Sondo Hondo  6/18/2019
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Norman Polk is a character in the indie video game "Bendy and the Ink Machine."
― Anonymous User  3/24/2019
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I have probably more personal experience with the name than anyone else on this board, having lived with it for 72 years and counting. Reactions have been all over the map, from admiration, indifference and humor. An example of the latter comes from peers who recall the 1960s song (one of the worst ever written) "Norman". Add such smarmy lyrics as
"Norman is my only love, Norman's all I'm thinking of, Norman gives me all his lovin', kissin', huggin', lovey-dovin'... to a cheesy, can't-get-it-out-of-your-head melody. Then the so adorable chorus line that I've never stopped getting serenaded with: "Norman, ooh, ooh, ooh..." At least "Cheers" came along with another, less cringeworthy character.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ashamed of my name. However, I am just a bit envious of my younger brothers, David and Daniel, who never have to be subjected to such silly mockery. Mom, Dad! What were you thinking back in 1946? Well, they named me after a prominent physician who was my great uncle, so there's that. Close relatives and a couple of life-long friends have been allowed to call me Normie. Don't quote me on that!

As long as the check clears, I'm good. Signed, Norm.
Norml  2/6/2019
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A boring and nerdy name. Thankfully it is not popular at all.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2018
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In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Norman who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 345th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2018
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It just reminds me of that creepy mailman on Cheers.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2018
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My first crush 20 years ago was a blond Polish guy named Norman, but now it's an old man's name.
― Anonymous User  10/4/2018
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I have a soft spot for this boy name! Norm is so handsome to call a tween and man. For people saying it sounds too close to the word normal, it’s true but my name is Courtney. My nickname is Court and I’ve heard the word but it has never bothered me. So many words are names now anyway. Great strong name!
LV51sfan91  5/13/2018
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Norman Babcock from ParaNorman.
YukaSylvie  5/8/2018
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The name Norman makes me think of a fat old man.
Prime Meridian  4/20/2018
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Norman Douglas is Ellen West's husband in Rainbow Valley.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018
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I often read the Northman explanation for Norman. However, not so long ago I ran into another explanation which takes the word NOR as a starting point.
In Germanic 'nor' also seemed to mean strong next to being a derivative from north or Nord as in German. Something which is understandable when you know that the Dutch use the word 'nor' as slang for jail.
So I wonder if it might be that there are two explanations for Norman and other names with nor, like Norbert. Maybe the explanation might be connected to the language in which the name is used. In Germanic languages it could mean strong man. Where in Anglo-Saxon language it would mean man from the north.
Another explanation could be that nor, as it meant strong was used for man from the north, as they were seen as strong. That might also explain the strange pronunciation of Norman in English language speakers, which often sounds more like nor men and not nor man.
I even wonder if the word north might have been created with nor or that nor was derived from north, to indicate something strong as you needed to be strong to live in the north.
However, I think the strong man explanation might be a little more logical also if you connect it to Norbert, which would mean strong light, as Bert is derived from the Germanic for bright. Where north bright is not all that logical for a name for a male child. Because Norman as well as Norbert hold a wish and a hope for the child that got the name, which would be logical in a time in which child mortality was high. And maybe it was even just a naming of the strength the child showed at birth, in the form of how it survived childbirth or how strong its grip was once born.
Where Northman would be like giving your child a curse because it was named after people who came to steal and kill.
This wishful thinking in names has all but disappeared in the western world, as we now can appreciate names for their esthetics, because we have lost our awe for language and do not see the need to bless our children hoping it will help them survive. Although you still see something of this wishing behaviour in parents when they name their child after a famous person at the time of birth.
Normert  2/10/2018
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Norman means Northman. But Nordmann also means Norwegian in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish.
Kjell Steinar  11/19/2017
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Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (San Jose International Airport) is a city-owned public airport in San Jose, California, United States. It is named after San Jose native Norman Mineta, former Transportation Secretary in the Cabinet of George W. Bush and Commerce Secretary in the Cabinet of Bill Clinton. The name also recognizes Mineta's service as a councilman for, and mayor of, San Jose.
lilolaf  3/31/2017
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Norman Yoshio Mineta is a Japanese-American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, Mineta most recently served in President George W. Bush's Cabinet as the United States Secretary of Transportation, the only Democratic Cabinet Secretary in the Bush administration. On June 23, 2006, Mineta announced his resignation after more than five years as Secretary of Transportation, effective July 7, 2006, making him the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the Department's history. On July 10, 2006, Hill & Knowlton, a public relations firm, announced that Mineta would join it as a partner. On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Mineta would join L&L Energy, Inc as Vice Chairman.

Mineta also served as President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce for the last six months of his term (July 2000–January 2001). With the exception of a span of five days between the end of Clinton's term and Bush's appointments, Mineta spent nearly six full years as a Cabinet member.
lilolaf  3/31/2017
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The name Norman was given to 146 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
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I personally think it is an odd and ugly name.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2016
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I named my oldest son Norman Gene in 2013. It is a family name on both sides of our family, and we use family names for all of our children. We call him Normie for short. It's super cute, and fitting for him. I like that although it's not a particularly abstract name, there won't likely be any other "Normies" in his class.
Carrieroan  1/4/2016
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It just sounds too much like "normal".
danyan1429  11/25/2015
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Norman Babcock is the main character of the 2012 animated horror comedy film ParaNorman.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2015
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Norman the Normal. I don't like this name at all. Too many ways people can make fun of this name.
Alexanna  1/8/2015
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The name Norman was given to 155 baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
hkols  11/2/2014
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I like the name Norman. What really sold me on the name was Harper Carter's performance as Norman Sturges in Titanic (1953). I really liked that character.
DaisyGraceBaker  6/15/2014
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Norman Cook is the real name of British DJ Fatboy Slim. He was born Quentin Leo Cook, though I'm not sure why or when he changed his name.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2013
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The name Norman was given to 153 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
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Norman is a character in the Pokemon games. He is a Normal-type Gym Leader. In the anime he is portrayed as being May's father.
Buneary  10/21/2012
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The character Norman Jayden in the video game 'Heavy Rain' made me like this name. Because he's awesome and I have a slight crush on him.
Anyway FBI Agent Norman Jayden. The reason I think the name Norman is cool.
Fluffgirl7  7/26/2012
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Norman Clegg is a character on the show, "Last of the Summer Wine".
Zepton  7/27/2010
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It is the name of the title character in the Broadway comedy "Norman is that you?" which later became a movie.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2010
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I think of the Monty Python sketch "the Piranha Brothers." Dinsdale Piranha is perfectly normal, except for being convinced that he was being followed by an giant hedgehog known only as "Spiny Norman."
MoonAgeDaydreamer  5/22/2009
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Norman Rockwell was a 20th century painter and illustrator (one of my favorite artists).
not_another_Jessica  12/2/2008
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Very old-fashioned, and too similar to 'normal' and 'norm'.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
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How right you are. It is my name and every time a teacher said "normal" or "normally" I jumped because I thought they were calling on me when if I had been daydreaming.
normanm  2/16/2010
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I like it though it's somewhat old fashioned. The name of my grandpa and uncle, my great-grandparents were Norwegian's living in America so they thought it was a fitting name.
SMHRS  10/15/2007
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I love this name very much. It's uncommon, old fashioned and has a lot of history. Plus, "Norm" is a good nickname.
spaz123  7/11/2007
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Actor Norman Reedus is a famous bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2006
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I love the name Norman, and would use it. I think of actor Norman Reedus. I also think of Norman Bates from the movie Psycho, which is one of my favorite films.
tigerlilly  11/16/2006
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Norman Kerry (June 16, 1894-January 12, 1956) was a famous silent screen actor.
alberto  5/12/2006
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Norman (Norm) MacDonald is a Canadian-born American actor and comedian. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1993.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
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Norman Parkinkson was a celebrated English portrait and fashion photographer.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2006
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Unfortunately Norman was the name of the psychotic owner of Bates Motel in the Hitchcock classic "Psycho", played by Anthony Perkins. For happier images on can think of Norman Rockwell and Norman Mailer.
Elphi  12/14/2005
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My dad is named Norman and I think it is a great name. Maybe it would be a bit different these days for a child to be called Norman but I really like the name!
― Anonymous User  7/10/2005

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