Furze History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Furze is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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 Furze family

The surname Furze 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]

Early History of the Furze family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furze research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1620 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Furze History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Furze Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Furze family name include Furse, Furze, Fursdon, Fursdonne and others.

Early Notables of the Furze family (pre 1700)

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United States Furze migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Furze surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Furze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Furze, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1851

Australia Furze migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Furze Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Furze, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Himalaya" in 1849 [2]
  • Ann Furze, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Himalaya" [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Furze, (b. 1830), aged 23, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 7th April 1853 aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18th July 1853 [3]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Furze, (b. 1831), aged 22, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 7th April 1853 aboard the ship "Euphemus" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18th July 1853 [3]
  • Samuel Furze, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Furze migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Furze Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Furze, (b. 1852), aged 23, Cornish servant departing on 1st February 1875 aboard the ship "Cicero" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th March 1875 [5]
  • Miss Mary Furze, (b. 1856), aged 19, Cornish servant departing on 1st February 1875 aboard the ship "Cicero" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 19th March 1875 [5]
  • Miss Harriet Furze, (b. 1860), aged 18, Cornish dairymaid departing on 10th July 1878 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1878 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Furze (post 1700) +

  • Jessie Lillian Furze (1903-1984), English composer and pianist born in Wallington, Surrey
  • Arthur Frank Furze (1903-1982), English bronze medalist runner at the 1934 British Empire Games from Watford
  • Colin Peter Furze (b. 1979), British YouTube personality, stuntman, inventor, and filmmaker, from Stamford, Lincolnshire
  • Mark Furze (b. 1986), Australian actor and singer, best known for his role as Ric Dalby on the Australian soap opera Home and Away

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Ernest C Furze, British Canteen Manager, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]


The Furze 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


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HIMALAYA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Himalaya.htm
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 1st May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1855.shtml
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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