Furnas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Furnas first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from 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 Furnas family

The surname Furnas 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.

Important Dates for the Furnas family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furnas 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 Furnas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furnas Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Furnas has appeared include Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.

Early Notables of the Furnas family (pre 1700)

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Furnas migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Furnas arrived in North America very early:

Furnas Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Patrick Furnas, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furnas (post 1700)

  • Charles Furnas (1880-1941), American flight mechanic for the Wright Brothers, the first airplane passenger
  • Robert Wilkinson Furnas (1824-1905), American politician, 2nd Governor of Nebraska (1873-1875)
  • Professor George W. Furnas, American professor and Associate Dean at the University of Michigan
  • Doug Furnas (1959-2012), American professional wrestler and powerlifter, USA Heavyweight Champion

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Citations

  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)
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