Ferst History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Ferst family
The surname Ferst was first found in Devonshire 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 13th century where they held a family seat at Bekington.
Important Dates for the Ferst family
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Ferst Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ferst has appeared include Fursland, Furseland, Firseland, Furzeland, Vurseland, Vursland, Firstland, Firsland, Firseland, Firzeland, Firseland, Furslane, Furzelane, Firzelane, Firselane, Versland, Verseland, Verslane, Virzelane and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferst family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferst family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ferst arrived in North America very early: A. Fursland, who came to Illinois in 1884.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ferst (post 1700)
- Jeanne Ferst, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1972; Presidential Elector for Georgia, 1996 
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