Fursland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Fursland family
The surname Fursland was first found in Devonshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century where they held a family seat at Bekington.
Important Dates for the Fursland family
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Fursland Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Fursland are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Fursland include: Fursland, Furseland, Firseland, Furzeland, Vurseland, Vursland, Firstland, Firsland, Firseland, Firzeland, Firseland, Furslane, Furzelane, Firzelane, Firselane, Versland, Verseland, Verslane, Virzelane and many more.
Early Notables of the Fursland family (pre 1700)
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Fursland migration to the United States
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fursland or a variant listed above:
Fursland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A. Fursland, who settled in Illinois in 1884
Contemporary Notables of the name Fursland (post 1700)
- Richard Fursland, English Executive Director of the British-American Business Council