Firniwil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Firniwil is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Firniwil 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 Firniwil family

The surname Firniwil 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 Firniwil family

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Firniwil Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Firniwil has been recorded under many different variations, including Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.

Early Notables of the Firniwil family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Firniwil family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Firniwils were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in 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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