Furnival History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 of England in 1066, Fourneville in Calvados, Normandy.

Early Origins of the Furnival family

The surname Furnival was first found in Lincolnshire where "the best authorities state that the first of this name, known in England, was Girard de Furnival, who came over from Normandy, temp. Richard I., and accompanied the crusade to the Holy Land. It is impossible to reconcile this fact with the entry on the Battle Roll. " [1]

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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Australia Furnival migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Furnival Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Furnival, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Claudine" on 20th May 1821, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furnival (post 1700) +

  • General Lewis Furnival, British military leader
  • Sir Edward Martin Furnival (1912-1997), British espionage administrator

HMS Dorsetshire
  • 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 [3]


  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/claudine
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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