Furey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Furey is an ancient Strathclyde-Briton name for a person who worked as a person who equipped horses. The ferrier was involved in the equipping of horses, from harness to shoes. This occupation was similar to that of the English blacksmith, however, the ferrier also fashioned the leather pieces of the harness. This occupation was extremely important in the Middle Ages, as horses were the primary mode of transportation. Furey is therefore, an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity.
Early Origins of the Furey family
The surname Furey was first found in Forfarshire part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, where they held a family seat from early times.
Important Dates for the Furey family
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Furey Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Furey has appeared as Ferrier, Ferriers, Ferrair, Ferryar, Feriar, Ferier and many more.
Early Notables of the Furey family (pre 1700)
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Furey migration to the United States
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:
Furey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Furey, who arrived in America in 1795 
Furey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mathew Furey, aged 23, who arrived in Maine in 1812 
- Andrew Furey, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1812 
- William Furey, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1833 
Furey migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Furey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Furey (post 1700)
- Francis James Furey (1905-1979), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of San Diego (1966-1969) and Archbishop of San Antonio (1969-1979)
- Kevin Timothy Furey, American politician, Democratic Party member of the Montana House of Representatives (2004-2007)
- Joe Furey, American Primetime Emmy Award nominated is a comedian, writer and producer
- John Furey, American actor, best known for his role in the 1981 horror film Friday the 13th Part 2
- Sean Furey (b. 1982), American javelin thrower at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- May Edith Evelyn Furey (1891-1962), English-born, New Zealand machinist, political activist and feminist
- Charles James Furey (1874-1973), Newfoundland businessman and politician who He represented Harbour Main-Bell Island in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1932 to 1934
- Dan Furey (1909-1993), Irish dance teacher and fiddle player
- Kirk Furey (b. 1976), Canadian ice hockey defenceman from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
- Charles J. Furey (1828-1882), Newfoundland politician who represented Harbour Main in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly (1859 to 1861) and (1865 to 1869)
- ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)