The name Firman is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the given names Firmin, Farman or Ferman.
Early Origins of the Firman family
The surname Firman was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Gateforth, which at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 was known as Gereford, and granted by the King to Ilbert de Lacy. They held a family seat in this ancient village from very early times, which consisted at that time of a church and a few houses, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Firman family
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Firman Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Firman include Fireman, Fermin, Firmin, Firmins, Firman, Virman and many more.
Early Notables of the Firman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firman family to Ireland
Some of the Firman family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Firman family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Firman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Firman, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
- Thomas Firman, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1639 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Firman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Oleksa Firman, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899
Contemporary Notables of the name Firman (post 1700)
- Robert J. Firman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 25th District, 1920; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Herbert "Bert" Firman (1906-1999), English bandleader of the 1920s, 30s and 40s
- Peter "Pete" Firman (b. 1980), English magician, comedian and television presenter
- Natasha Firman (b. 1976), English racing driver, sister of Ralph Firman
- Ralph Firman (b. 1975), English-born, Irish racing driver
- Patricia Firman (1922-1980), Australian model, actress and TV personality
- Brett Firman (b. 1976), Australian rugby league footballer
- Birt Firman (1906-1999), British jazz musician
The Firman Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Firmus in Christo
Motto Translation: Firm in Christ.