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

Furnari is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Furnari family once lived in the district named Furness on the South coast of Cumberland. Eraly records show the name in Lancashire too. The place name is thought to have Old Norse origins which was usually assigned as a name for a peninsula.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Furnari family name include Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furnari research. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1658, 1712, 1700, 1701, 1687, 1733 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Furnari History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furnari Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Furnari surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Henry Furnace who settled in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife Katherine and five children; Amy Furness settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1719; Katherine Furnice settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.

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  • Garry J. Furnari (b. 1954), American politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1998 to 2003


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The Furnari Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Furnari 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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