The Firmins name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Firmins is derived from the given names Firmin, Farman or Ferman.
Early Origins of the Firmins family
The surname Firmins 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 Firmins family
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Firmins Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Firmins were recorded, including Fireman, Fermin, Firmin, Firmins, Firman, Virman and many more.
Early Notables of the Firmins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firmins family to Ireland
Some of the Firmins family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Firmins family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Firmins family emigrate to North America:
Firmins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Firmins, who settled in Maryland in 1774
The Firmins 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.