Ferniwil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Ferniwil family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. 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 Ferniwil family

The surname Ferniwil 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 Ferniwil family

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

Ferniwil Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferniwil family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Ferniwil family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ferniwil or a variant listed above: 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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