The ancient Scottish name Furiez was first used by someone 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. Furiez is therefore, an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
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 Furiez family
The surname Furiez 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.
Early History of the Furiez family
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Furiez Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. Furiez has appeared as Ferrier, Ferriers, Ferrair, Ferryar, Feriar, Ferier and many more.
Early Notables of the Furiez family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furiez family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Among them: Roger Ferrier who settled in Virginia in the year 1700; Charles Ferrier settled in Maryland in 1774; Arthur, Henry James, and Lewis
Ferrier all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1799 and 1866..
The Furiez Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Diligentia ditat
Motto Translation: Industry renders rich.