Firniwal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Firniwal is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Firniwal family lived in Lincolnshire. Their name, however, is not a reference to this area, but to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Fourneville in Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Firniwal family

The surname Firniwal was first found in Lincolnshire where "the best authorities state that the first of this name, known in England, was Girard de Furnival, who came over from Normandy, temp. Richard I., and accompanied the crusade to the Holy Land. It is impossible to reconcile this fact with the entry on the Battle Roll. " [1]

Early History of the Firniwal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firniwal research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Firniwal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Firniwal Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Firniwal family name include Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.

Early Notables of the Firniwal family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Firniwal family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Firniwal family to immigrate North America: Richard Furnwall and Samuel Furnwall arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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