The Fearnley name mystery
Is there a family coat of arms? This question appears to have been answered by two visitors to this site - but what is the origin of these crests?
If you know then I'd love to hear from you.
I have known since I went to Norway on a business trip in 1970 that there are many Fearnleys living in Oslo and that there are a number of prosperous businesses carrying the Fearnley name. What I have never been able to discover - are they linked to the Fearnleys in the UK, and if so, how and when? Fearnley doesn't strike me as a Norwegian sounding name and in written Norwegian it looks distinctly out of place!
So, my question is: Did the Vikings bring the Fearnley name to England (I do hope so!) or did a Fearnley emigrate to Norway a few hundred years ago? My research suggests the latter and the earliest reference I have found is to the Norwegian artist Thomas Fearnley 1802-1842.
I am disappointed! I recently found the following on a genealogy web-board:
This was posted by Yvonne Fearnley on RootsWeb.com in reponse to somebody else pondering the same question.
Fearnley links in Norway
I would be very interested to know where I can obtain a print of one of Thomas Fearnley's paintings to hang on my wall. Here perhaps, the Astrup-Fearnley Museum in Oslo?
See also the Fearnley Business page.
The British Embassy in Oslo (pictured below) was once owned by Thomas Fearnley, son of the artist Thomas.