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Where is my family from?
Posted by: Kenneth Alan Firby Date: December 13, 1999 at 05:17:40
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Where did the Firby family originate? I'm having an extemely hard time finding any information on it. There are two villages in the Yorkshire county, England. One is Firby, the other Firby Grange, I think. I think it is an offshoot of the MacFirbis clan in County Sligo, Ireland. King James 1 was responsible for kicking them off of their land in Ireland in the year 1600, when also the Firby villages were founded in England. I think that the family is related to the Scottish Forbes clan because most people with the Firby name live up North in the Yorkshire Dales. My direct ancestor is Christopher Wood(mother's maiden) Firby, who came over in 1910 to Ellis Island with his wife (Betsey West?)and children, including twins Henry and Archie, Robert, and maybe daughters (I don't know). My Pappy's name is Archie Robinson(again, mother's maiden)Firby. People would think that it is a Danish Viking name in origin, but "Fir" is Old Irish, meaning people and "by" is Danish, meaning village. I don't think the Danes or the Danelaw had anything to do with it, because those words are from two different time periods. I think I have more info, but I need verification about this. Please get back to me, thanks.


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