Firminger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Firminger family
The surname Firminger was first found in Lincolnshire 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 year 1160 when Henry Furnmage held estates in that shire.
Important Dates for the Firminger family
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Firminger Spelling Variations
Firminger has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Firmage, Furmage, Furdmedge, Firminger, Formage, Fromage, Ffirmage and many more.
Early Notables of the Firminger family (pre 1700)
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Firminger migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Firminger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Firminger, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name Firminger (post 1700)
- The Reverend Thomas Firminger Thiselton -Dyer MA, Oxon (1848-1923), English curate of St John's Church, Fitzroy Square, curate of Holy Trinity Church, Kilburn, vicar of St Paul's Church, Penzance
- John Firminger Duthie (1845-1922), English botanist and explorer, Superintendent of Saharanpur Botanical Gardens (1875 to 1903)
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