Furney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The annals of Scottish history reveal that Furney was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Furney family lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife where the name can be found since very early times.

Early Origins of the Furney family

The surname Furney was first found in Fife, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.

Early History of the Furney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furney research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Furney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furney Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Furney has been spelled Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.

Early Notables of the Furney family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Furney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Furney migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Furney:

Furney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Gorgdon Henry Furney, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [1]
  • Herbert C. Furney, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1920 from St. John, New Brunswick [2]
  • Maggie Furney, aged 25, originally from Torragee, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Leonard Furney, aged 34, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furney (post 1700) +

  • Linda Jeanne Furney, American former politician, Member of the Ohio Senate (1987-2002)
  • Michaela Furney, British co-owner of the Essex Pig Company, featured on the BBC show Jimmy's Farm


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67M-1ZF : 6 December 2014), Gorgdon Henry Furney, 07 Apr 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HZ-J3V : 6 December 2014), Herbert C. Furney, 13 Dec 1920; citing departure port St. John, New Brunswick, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZK-33B : 6 December 2014), Maggie Furney, 21 Jun 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X4-CY4 : 6 December 2014), Leonard Furney, 15 Aug 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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