Origins Available: English
The family name Furint dates back to the beginnings of the Norman culture in Britain - the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Originally, Furint was a name given to a person with gray hair, or who habitually dressed in gray. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word, ferrant,
which means gray (a reference to the color of iron). Another derivation suggests that the name is a corruption of Ferrant,
the Old French form of Ferdinand.
Time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given situation.
Early Origins of the Furint family
The surname Furint was first found in Yorkshire
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror and appointed to the Wardenship of Skipton Castle, for the Cliffords, the chief tenants shown in the Domesday Book
. They were under the protection and patronage of the ancient Earl of Albermarle.
Early History of the Furint family
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Furint Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Furint were recorded, including Ferrant, Ferrand, Ferand, Ferrante and others.
Early Notables of the Furint family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furint family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Furint arrived in North America very early: Phillip Ferrant arrived in Virginia in 1654; George Ferand arrived at Providence R.I. in 1823; John Andrew Ferand arrived in Philadelphia in 1797; Benjamin arrived in New York in 1812.
The Furint 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: Justus propositi tenax
Motto Translation: The just is firm of purpose.