name Furnis comes from when the family resided 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 Furnis family
The surname Furnis 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 Furnis family
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Furnis Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Furnis include Furness, Furniss, Furnesse, Furnes, Furnesed, Furnace, Furnice, Furnas and many more.
Early Notables of the Furnis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furnis family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Furnis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Furnis, who settled in Maryland in 1737