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Where did the Irish Furlong family come from? What is the Irish Furlong family crest and coat of arms? When did the Furlong family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Furlong family history?

The Irish already had a system for creating hereditary surnames established when the followers of Strongbow settled in eastern Ireland. Although there was relatively little friction between the two systems because they operated according to very similar principles, the Strongbownians frequently used local surnames. In Ireland, local surnames were almost unheard of, but in England they were probably the most common form of hereditary surname. Local surnames, such as Furlong, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Furlong is derived from living near a field. The surname Furlong is derived from the Old English word furlong, which denoted the length of a field. This word was comprised of the Old English words "furh," which means "furrow," and "lang," which means "long." A furlong was the technical name for a block of strips owned by several different people which constituted the unit of cultivation in the medieval open-held system of agriculture.

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Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Furlong. Some of these variations included: Furlong, Furlang and others.

First found in Dorset, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furlong research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 124 and 1242 are included under the topic Early Furlong History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Furlong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Furlong:

Furlong Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edmond Furlong, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Furlong Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Furlong settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764
  • James Furlong, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • Daniel Furlong purchased land in Philadelphia in 1774
  • Thomas Furlong settled in Maryland in 1775
  • John Furlong, who arrived in America in 1797

Furlong Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mathew Furlong, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • William Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Philip Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Paul Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1825
  • Edward Furlong, who arrived in Iowa in 1842


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  • Robert Grant Furlong (1886-1973), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945
  • Charles Wellington Furlong (1874-1967), American explorer, writer, artist and photographer
  • Edward Walter Furlong (b. 1977), Saturn Award-winning American actor
  • First Lieutenant Harold Arthur Furlong (1895-1987), United States Army officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • John Furlong (1933-2008), American actor
  • Robert Grant Furlong (1886-1973), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1943-1945)
  • Nicholas Furlong (b. 1929), Irish farmer, journalist, author and historian
  • Campbell James Marie Furlong (b. 1974), New Zealand cricketer
  • Monica Furlong (1930-2003), British author, journalist, and activist
  • John Furlong O.C, O.B.C (b. 1950), Irish-born, Canadian President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

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  • Dulaney-Furlong and Kindred Families by Roland Dulaney Furlong.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Liberalitas
Motto Translation: Liberty

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  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Furlong Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Furlong Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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