The ancient history of the Furneaux name begins with the Norman invaders of Britain. The name is derived from some of the many place names in Northern France created from the Old French word "fournel." One family resided in the area of Furneau-sur-Baise, near Falaise, France.The Normans
frequently used the name of their estate in Normandy
as part of their name. Other Norman invaders took names from their recently acquired estates in England.
Early Origins of the Furneaux family
The surname Furneaux 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 Furneaux family
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Furneaux Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Furneaux, Furnell, Fournel and others.
Early Notables of the Furneaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furneaux family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Furneaux or a variant listed above: L. Furneaux, who arrived in New Orleans in 1823; Albert Furnel, who arrived in New York in 1832; and John Furneaux, who ws on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871..
Contemporary Notables of the name Furneaux (post 1700)
- Peter Furneaux (1935-2014), English football club chairman and investor, former Executive Director at Grimsby Town
- Tobias Furneaux (1735-1781), English navigator and Royal Navy officer, who commanded the "Adventure" as part of Captain James Cook's second voyage of exploration
- Karen Furneaux (b. 1976), Canadian world champion kayaker