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Where did the English Furbush family come from? When did the Furbush family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Furbush family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Furbisher, Frobisher, Frobishar, Frobyfar, Furbusher, Frobysher, Frobishire, Furbishire, Furbyshire, Furbisher, Furbishaw, Furber, Frobishaw, Ferbishaw, Forber and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1260 when Geoffrey Furbisur held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furbush research. Another 246 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1576, 1577, 1578, and 1588 are included under the topic Early Furbush History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 42 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furbush Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Furbush Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Fr Furbush, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Hugh Furbush, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • William Furbush, who landed in Maine in 1651
  • David Furbush, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • James Furbush, who landed in Maryland in 1656

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