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The surname Furbush was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1260 when Geoffrey Furbisur held estates.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Furbush have been found, including Furbisher, Frobisher, Frobishar, Frobyfar, Furbusher, Frobysher, Frobishire, Furbishire, Furbyshire, Furbisher, Furbishaw, Furber, Frobishaw, Ferbishaw, Forber and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furbush research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1588, 1535, 1594, 1576, 1577, 1578 and 1588 are included under the topic Early Furbush History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir Martin Frobisher ( c. 1535-1594), English seaman and privateer who made three voyages to the Canadian Arctic (1576, 1577, and 1578) in search of the Northwest Passage. All landed...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furbush Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Furbush, or a variant listed above:

Furbush Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Fr Furbush, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Hugh Furbush, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • William Furbush, who landed in Maine in 1651
  • David Furbush, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • James Furbush, who landed in Maryland in 1656
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    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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