Furlong History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish already had a system for creating hereditary surnames established when the followers of Strongbow settled in eastern Ireland. Although there was relatively little friction between the two systems because they operated according to very similar principles, the Strongbownians frequently used local surnames. In Ireland, local surnames were almost unheard of, but in England they were probably the most common form of hereditary surname. Local surnames, such as Furlong, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Furlong is derived from living near a field. The surname Furlong is derived from the Old English word furlong, which denoted the length of a field. This word was comprised of the Old English words "furh," which means "furrow," and "lang," which means "long." A furlong was the technical name for a block of strips owned by several different people which constituted the unit of cultivation in the medieval open-held system of agriculture.

Early Origins of the Furlong family

The surname Furlong was first found in Dorset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Furlong family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furlong research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 124 and 1242 are included under the topic Early Furlong History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furlong Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Furlong. Some of these variations included: Furlong, Furlang and others.

Early Notables of the Furlong family (pre 1700)

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United States Furlong migration to the United States +

The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Furlong:

Furlong Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Furlong, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
Furlong Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Furlong, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1764
  • James Furlong, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [1]
  • Daniel Furlong purchased land in Philadelphia in 1774
  • Thomas Furlong, who settled in Maryland in 1775
  • John Furlong, who arrived in America in 1797 [1]
Furlong Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew Furlong, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • William Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Philip Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Paul Furlong, who landed in New York, NY in 1825 [1]
  • Edward Furlong, who arrived in Iowa in 1842 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Furlong migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Furlong Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • J. Furlong, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706 [2]
  • Patrick Furlong, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Furlong, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Furlong, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick Furlong, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Furlong Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Furlong in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1806 [2]
  • Richard Furlong in Cape Broyle, Newfoundland in 1813 [2]
  • Flimbeth Furlong, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • James Furlong, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1837
  • James Furlong, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Furlong migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Furlong Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Furlong migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Furlong Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Martin Furlong, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]
  • Ellen Furlong, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]
  • Miss Julia Furlong, (b. 1832), aged 32, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th March 1864 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furlong (post 1700) +

  • John Furlong (1933-2008), American actor
  • First Lieutenant Harold Arthur Furlong (1895-1987), United States Army officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Robert Grant Furlong (1886-1973), American Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1945
  • Edward Walter Furlong (b. 1977), Saturn Award-winning American actor
  • Charles Wellington Furlong (1874-1967), American explorer, writer, artist and photographer
  • Thomas Furlong (1794-1827), Irish poet, son of a farmer, born in 1794 at Scarawalsh, situated between Ferns and Enniscorthy, co. Wexford [6]
  • Neville Furlong (1968-2017), Irish rugby union international player
  • Nicholas Furlong (b. 1929), Irish farmer, journalist, author and historian
  • Oscar Alberto Furlong (1927-2018), Argentine basketball player, and tennis player and coach
  • Dennis J. Furlong (1945-2018), Canadian physician and politician in New Brunswick, Minister of Education (2001–2003), Minister of Health and Wellness (2000–2001), Minister of Health and Community Services (1999–2000)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James Furlong, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [7]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Furlong (d. 1939), Irish Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]


The Furlong 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: Liberalitas
Motto Translation: Liberty


Suggested Readings for the name Furlong +

  • 4688 Dulaney-Furlong and Kindred Families by Roland Dulaney Furlong.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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