Firby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Firby family

The surname Firby was first found in Kent 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 when they held estates in that county.

Important Dates for the Firby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firby research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1432, 1455, 1487 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Firby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Firby 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 Firby has appeared include Fereby, Ferby, Furby, Ferbie, Furbie, Fearby, Fearbie, Fireby, Firby and many more.

Early Notables of the Firby family (pre 1700)

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Firby migration to the United States

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 Firby arrived in North America very early:

Firby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Firby, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • James Firby, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 [1]
  • Cornelius Firby, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]

Firby migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Firby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Firby (post 1700)

  • Brandon Firby, American actor, known for Blood Relatives (2016) and The Walking Dead (2015)
  • William Firby, English politician, Labour Party Councillor for Deerness Valley in County Durham
  • James Edmund Firby, British solicitor who ran for office in the South Ward of Hartlepool elections of 1924
  • Alex Firby, British two-time BAFTA Award nominated director and producer, known for Harry's Mad (1993-1996) and In the Night Garden... (2007-2008)
  • R. James Firby, contemporary architect who developed The Three-Layer Architecture

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from
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