From Hull AWE
- Some are misled by the different spelling, essentially seeing the double '-s-' as emphatic, into reversing the stress: '
fir-NESS (IPA: /fɜː 'nɪ (or ə)s/). Don't join them!
- Etymological note: "The old district name Furness (Fuththernessa c.1150) means 'headland by the rump-shaped island’, O[ld] Scand[inavian] futh ['rump'] (genitive -ar)" (Mills (1991)).