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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Norwegian : habitational name from any of the twelve farmsteads so named, from either Old Norse fura ‘pine’ or for ‘foremost’, ‘front’ + nes ‘headland’, ‘promontory’ (the latter etymology suggests a headland jutting out farther than others near it).
  • Catalan (Fornés) : respelling of Forners, either an occupational or a topographic name from the plural of Forner 2.

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