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The name Furmanski derives from the German word "feuer" meaning "fire," and was probably an occupational name for someone who worked with fire such as a smith, a fire lighter, or a person who took care of the heating a household.

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The surname Furmanski was first found in Austria, where the family gained a significant reputation for its contributions to the emerging mediaeval society. The name became prominent as many branches of the family founded separate houses and acquired estates in various regions, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles include Pertholt der Feurer in the Sonnenberg monastery around 1350.

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Furmanski include Feuer, Feuerer, Feirer, Feierle, Feuerre, Fuer, Fewer, Fuere and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furmanski research. Another 342 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1297 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Furmanski History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furmanski Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Furmanski were Sam Fuer, who settled in Virginia in 1652. Emil Fuer settled in Texas in 1853.

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  • Jonathan Furmanski, American cinematographer, known for his work on Inside Amy Schumer (2013), Delocated (2009) and Descent (2007)
  • Adam Furmanski, Polish co-founder of the Warsaw Ghetto Symphony Orchestra


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The Furmanski Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Furmanski 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.

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