Ferniwale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Ferniwale family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Lincolnshire. Their name, however, is not a reference to this area, but to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Fourneville in Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Ferniwale family

The surname Ferniwale was first found in Lincolnshire where "the best authorities state that the first of this name, known in England, was Girard de Furnival, who came over from Normandy, temp. Richard I., and accompanied the crusade to the Holy Land. It is impossible to reconcile this fact with the entry on the Battle Roll. " [1]

Early History of the Ferniwale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferniwale research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Ferniwale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferniwale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ferniwale have been found, including Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferniwale family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Ferniwale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ferniwale family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Ferniwale were among those contributors: Richard Furnwall and Samuel Furnwall arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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