Origins Available: English
Furrant is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person with gray hair, or who habitually dressed in gray. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word, ferrant,
which means gray (a reference to the color of iron). Another derivation suggests that the name is a corruption of Ferrant,
the Old French form of Ferdinand.
Time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given situation.
Early Origins of the Furrant family
The surname Furrant was first found in Yorkshire
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror and appointed to the Wardenship of Skipton Castle, for the Cliffords, the chief tenants shown in the Domesday Book
. They were under the protection and patronage of the ancient Earl of Albermarle.
Early History of the Furrant family
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Furrant Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ferrant, Ferrand, Ferand, Ferrante and others.
Early Notables of the Furrant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Furrant family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Furrant name or one of its variants: Phillip Ferrant arrived in Virginia in 1654; George Ferand arrived at Providence R.I. in 1823; John Andrew Ferand arrived in Philadelphia in 1797; Benjamin arrived in New York in 1812.
The Furrant Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Justus propositi tenax
Motto Translation: The just is firm of purpose.