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Where did the Irish Furrow family come from? What is the Irish Furrow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Furrow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Furrow family history?

The Irish surname Furrow is an Anglicization of a few different Gaelic names, such as "Ó Faracháin," "Ó Fearáin," and "Ó Forannáin."


Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Furrow family name. Variations found include Fearon, Feron, Feran, Farren and others.

First found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furrow research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Furrow History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Furrow or a variant listed above, including:

Furrow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Furrow, who landed in Maryland in 1657


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The Furrow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Furrow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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