This very unusual name is of early German origin, and derives from the medieval "Feurer" or "Feueranmacher", which translates as "the fire maker". In fact it is a developed form of the original Roman (Latin) "Ferrera", and means one who works with fire, specifically a smith or iron worker, and is found in the English surnames of Ferrer, Ferrar and Farrer. The earliest German recordings date from the 14th Century (see below), whilst the recording development includes both the following "link" recordings, and variant forms such as Feirlin (circa 1425, at Ulm), a patronymic, Furstake, Fuerhake and Furboter. The recordings are Heinrich Ludgwig Feohr, who was christened at Witten Evangelist Church, Westfalen, on March 12th 1815, whilst later, on July 16th 1872, Mary Ann Feore married Reuben Thomas Blachlock at St. Pancras Old Church, London, in the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Pertholt Der Feurer, which was dated circa 1350, of Kloster Sonnenburg, Germany, during the reign of Charles 1V, of the Holy Roman (German) Empire, 1347 - 1378. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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