The name Furnival reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Furnival family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Furnival family lived in Lincolnshire
. Their name, however, is not a reference to this area, but to their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Fourneville
in Calvados, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Furnival family
The surname Furnival was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Furnival family
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Furnival Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Furnival include Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.
Early Notables of the Furnival family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furnival family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Furnivals to arrive on North American shores: Richard Furnwall and Samuel Furnwall arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.
Contemporary Notables of the name Furnival (post 1700)
- General Lewis Furnival, British military leader
- Sir Edward Martin Furnival (1912-1997), British espionage administrator
Historic Events for the Furnival family
- Michael Henry Furnival, British Sub Lieutenant Paymaster aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he was wounded in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html