name Firnehams comes from the family having resided at Farnham, in several different counties including Buckinghamshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Firnehams was originally derived from the Old English words fearn
which means a fern-covered homestead
Early Origins of the Firnehams family
The surname Firnehams was first found in one of the many villages names Farnham throughout England
in the following counties or shires: Dorset
, North Yorkshire
, and Surrey
. Farnham Common and Farnham Royal are located in Buckinghamshire
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name has numerous listings in the Domesday Book with various spellings that were in use at the time: Fernham, Dorset; Phernham Essex; Fareham North Yorkshire; Farnham, Suffolk; and Fernham Surrey. Farnham Royal was listed as Fernham Riall. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
While one would suppose the surname originated from one or more of the aforementioned locals, another reference suggests we must look to Leicestershire, specifically Quorndon to find the surname's true origin as in "this ancient family was certainly seated at Quorndon two descents before the reign of Edward I." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Firnehams family
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Firnehams Spelling Variations
Firnehams 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: Farnham, Farnhams, Farnhan, Fearnham, Farneham and others.
Early Notables of the Firnehams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firnehams family to Ireland
Some of the Firnehams family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Firnehams family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Firnehamss to arrive on North American shores: Thomas and Ralph Farnham who had came to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634; as did Henry Farnham of Warwickshire
, who settled there in 1644. Alice, Mary, and Ralph Farnham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.