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Furby and Furby origins and diffusion.
Posted by: Kenneth Firby (ID *****6839) Date: May 01, 2004 at 05:53:03
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Let it be known that I made that first post and etc. as a jocular testing of other people's knowledge. I am truly sorry if I have upset anybody deeply over the previous postings.

Since that time, I have found that Firby in the old East Riding is indeed derived from Furby in the old Uppland,Sweden. It is presently within the borders of Vastmanland County. I have a document that describes the foundation of Furby(as well as nearby places) in Ynglingasaga, by the king Braut-Oenundr in between probably 545-565 A.D. His burial mound was laid just a few miles west of Furby. The descendent sons would later join in the foundation of Firby in Jorvik as well as Eddlethorpe, Menethorpe, Kennythorpe and Burythorpe. (They later built Firby in the Old North Riding.) While they may have been called Danes outside of Scandinavia, this in no way made them Danish except perhaps the men under their command or women they married. They were Swedes, not Goths either, and their political affiliations were greater to the Norse than the Danes or Goths.

I know about the Furbys of Sweden and Newfoundland, the Firbys of Yorkshire, County Durham, Virginia, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and a few specifics about actual people within our lifetime from those areas, including my own within New England(Not Puritans! They were Methodists).

I have more information about the genesis and dwelling areas of those who bear the name Furby/Firby. Please feel free to request information of the general scale, however, I do not know the particular lineages of anybody but my own! Sorry, I just know what settlements to attribute to our ancestral relatives, and the politics involved. If you don't ask, I will put more here.

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