Although the exact origin of “Northpaw” is hard to pinpoint, due to a lack of documentation, it is obvious that it was made with the concept of Southpaw, which has been around since the late 19th century.
The first documented case of “Northpaw” comes from the novel of Marti J. Steussy, published in 1988, under the title Dreams of Dawn.
Thanks to the internet, “Northpaw” has gained a larger popularity and usage, although it is still a relatively unused phrase, due to the fact that the majority of the people are right-handed, taking the peculiarity of Southpaw out of the expression.
“Northpaw” was first defined on Urban Dictionary on March 29th, 2005.
- Waywordradio.org – Southpaw vs. Northpaw