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Furse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Anglo-Saxon name Furse comes from when the family resided in an area of Devon that contained large amounts of the furze plant. This plant was a prickly shrub with yellow flowers and was often found in large amounts covering a heath.

Early Origins of the Furse family


The surname Furse was first found in Devon at Fursdon, a historic house and farming estate. "From the days of Henry III, if not from an earlier period, this ancient family has resided at this place from whence the name is derived." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Early History of the Furse family


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Furse Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Furse has been recorded under many different variations, including Furse, Furze, Fursdon, Fursdonne and others.

Early Notables of the Furse family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Furse family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Furse or a variant listed above:

Furse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Furse, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Morris Furse who settled in Barbados in 1685

Furse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Furse, who landed in New York in 1795 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Furse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Furse, aged 38, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Furse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emma Furse, aged 27, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Selina Furse, aged 19, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • William Furse, aged 62, a fisherman, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Margaret Furse, aged 63, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Jane Furse, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Furse (post 1700)


  • John Houseal Furse, American officer in the United States Navy
  • Charles Wellington Furse (1868-1904), English Painter
  • Judith Furse (1911-1974), British actress on stage and in film
  • Roger Furse (1903-1972), British art director
  • Dame Katherine Furse (1875-1952), British Director of the Women's Royal Navy Service

The Furse 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: No desit virtus
Motto Translation: No lack of power


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Citations


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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