Furniwall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Furniwall 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 Furniwall family

The surname Furniwall 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 Furniwall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furniwall research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Furniwall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furniwall Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Furnival, Furnivall, Furniwal, Furniwall and many more.

Early Notables of the Furniwall family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Furniwall family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Furniwall or a variant listed above: Richard Furnwall and Samuel Furnwall arrived in Philadelphia in 1876.



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.


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