The Normans played a huge cultural role in settling Europe, and they brought their names along with them. Names of Norman origin proliferated rapidly and now are some of the most popular names in Europe and North America, even though many parents probably donít realize it. The Normans were descendants of the Vikings who settled in a part of northern France they called Normandy. When the Normans conquered England, many of the Old English names were replaced by Norman names that we use today (like Henry, William and Richard). Unlock the mysteries of history and browse our Norman baby names collection today.