Furnace History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Furnace belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in the district named Furness on the South coast of Cumberland. Eraly records show the name in Lancashire too. The place name is thought to have Old Norse origins which was usually assigned as a name for a peninsula.

Early Origins of the Furnace family

The surname Furnace was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Furnace family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furnace research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1658, 1712, 1700, 1701, 1687, 1733 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Furnace History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furnace Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Furnace include Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.

Early Notables of the Furnace family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furnace Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Furnace migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Furnace were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Furnace Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Furnace, who arrived in Maryland in 1671 [1]
  • Samuel Furnace, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [1]
  • Henry Furnace who settled in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife Katherine and five children
  • Daniel Furnace, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
  • Henry Furnace, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Furnace migration to Australia +

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

Furnace Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843


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