The ancestors of the name Firnis date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Firnis family lived in the district named Furness on the South coast of Cumberland
. Eraly records show the name in Lancashire
too. The place name is thought to have Old Norse origins which was usually assigned as a name for a peninsula.
Early Origins of the Firnis family
The surname Firnis was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Firnis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firnis research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1658, 1712, 1700, 1701, 1687, 1733 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Firnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Firnis Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Firnis are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Firnis include: Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.
Early Notables of the Firnis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firnis family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Firnis or a variant listed above: Henry Furnace who settled in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife Katherine and five children; Amy Furness settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1719; Katherine Furnice settled in Pennsylvania in 1772.