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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 Furlow, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. The surname Furlow is derived from living near a field. The surname Furlow 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.

Furlow Early Origins



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

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Furlow Spelling Variations


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Furlow Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Furlow include: Furlong, Furlang and others.

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Furlow Early History


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Furlow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furlow research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 124 and 1242 are included under the topic Early Furlow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Furlow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Furlow Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Furlow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Furlow:

Furlow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Loyd Furlow, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Nell Furlow, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Martin Furlow, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Nell J. Furlow, aged 39, who arrived at New York City, in 1921
  • Floyd Chas. Furlow, aged 45, who settled in America from N.Y. City, N.Y., in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Furlow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Furlow (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant George Willard Furlow (1893-1959), American World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Allen John Furlow (1890-1954), American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
  • Terry Furlow (1954-1980), American NBA basketball player

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Furlow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Furlow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 11 October 2014 at 13:05.

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