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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Furzeland research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Furzeland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Furzeland has been spelled many different ways, including Fursland, Furseland, Firseland, Furzeland, Vurseland, Vursland, Firstland, Firsland, Firseland, Firzeland, Firseland, Furslane, Furzelane, Firzelane, Firselane, Versland, Verseland, Verslane, Virzelane and many more.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Furzelands to arrive in North America: A. Fursland, who came to Illinois in 1884.