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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Fourness surname 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.

Fourness Early Origins



The surname Fourness 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.

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Fourness Early History


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Fourness Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fourness 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 Fourness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fourness Spelling Variations


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Fourness 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 Fourness 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 Fourness include: Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.

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Fourness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fourness Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fourness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Fourness 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.

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