Furness Family History

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Furness Name Meaning

English: regional name from the district on the south coast of Cumbria (formerly in Lancashire), earlier Fuðarnes, so named from the genitive case (Fuðar) of Old Norse Fuð, meaning ‘rump’, the name of the peninsula, formerly of an island opposite the southern part of this district + Old Norse nes ‘headland’, ‘nose’. Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms, particularly in Møre og Romsdal, named Furnes, from Old Norse fura ‘pine’ + nes ‘headland’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Urness, Fornes, Garness, Burtness, Fodness, Fadness, Farnes, Harness

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Furness Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Furness name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Furness. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Furness Family Origin

Where is the Furness family from?

Furness Family Occupations

What did your Furness ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Joiner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Furness. A less common occupation for the Furness family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Furness occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Furness's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Joiner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Furness ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Furness Historical Records

What Furness family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 61,000 census records available for the last name Furness. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Furness census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Furness. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Furness. For the veterans among your Furness ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Furness Life Expectancy

What is the average Furness lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Furness life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Furness in 1944 was 60, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Furness

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Furness ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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