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Furness History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Belgium , English


The name Furness is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family 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 Furness family


The surname Furness 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 Furness family


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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 Furness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furness Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Furness has been spelled many different ways, including Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.

Early Notables of the Furness family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Furness family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Furnesss to arrive in North America:

Furness Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Furness, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Daniel Furness, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1683
  • Daniel Furness, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Henry Furness, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Furness, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Furness Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Amy Furness, who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1719
  • Ann Furness, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1719
  • Jacob Furness, who settled in New York in 1723
  • Jacob Furness, who arrived in New York in 1725 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Furness, who arrived in America in 1735

Furness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Furness, who settled in Boston in 1849
  • John and Edward Furness, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1868
  • Edwin Furness, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1872

Furness Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Furness, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  • Frederick Furness, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Hyde" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  • Frederick Furness, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Furness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Furness, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Furness, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • Smith Furness, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Birman
  • William Furness, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • William Furness, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Furness (post 1700)


  • Frank Heyling Furness (1839-1912), acclaimed American architect and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Elizabeth Mary Furness (1916-1994), American, better known as Betty Furness, actress, consumer advocate and current affairs commentator
  • Horace Howard Furness (1833-1912), American Shakespearean scholar
  • Lieutenant Christopher Furness (1912-1940), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    World War 2 Awards.com - FURNESS, Christopher. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Christopher Furness. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/54

Historic Events for the Furness family



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John William Furness, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward Furness, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM HYDE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamHyde.htm
  4. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  5. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - FURNESS, Christopher. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Christopher Furness. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/54
  6. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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