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Where did the English Farr family come from? When did the Farr family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farr family history?

The name Farr is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who was described as being fierce or lusty. The surname is derived from the Old English word farr, which meant bull.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Farr have been found, including Farr, Farre and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farr research. Another 315 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1381 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Farr History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Farr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Farr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Farr surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Farr Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Barnabas Farr settled in New England in 1620
  • Edward Farr settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Edward Farr, aged 28, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Mary Farr, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Mary Farr settled in Virginia in 1650


Farr Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Judith Farr, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • AnnaMaria Farr, who arrived in America in 1750

Farr Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Wilhelm Farr, aged 39, landed in New York in 1849
  • Willson Farr, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Farr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Henry Farr, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1862

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  • Diane Farr (b. 1969), American actress, known for her roles as FBI agent Megan Reeves in the CBS television series Numb3rs
  • Jamie Farr (b. 1934), born Jameel Joseph Farah, American television and film actor best known for his role in M*A*S*H
  • James Alfred Farr (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Steven Michael Farr (b. 1956), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1994
  • D'Marco Farr (b. 1971), American former NFL football defensive tackle, awarded the Morris Trophy (1993), Super Bowl champion (XXXIV)
  • Samuel Sharon "Sam" Farr (b. 1941), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (2013-)
  • Felicia Farr (b. 1932), born Olive Dinesis, a former American actress and model, second husband was the film star Jack Lemmon
  • William Farr (1807-1883), English statistician from Kenley, Shropshire, regarded as one of the founders of medical statistics
  • Dennis Farr, British director of the city Museums and Art Gallery in Birmingham, England
  • Air vice-Marshall Peter Farr, British director of several trust funds in Buckinghamshire, England

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  • The Ancestors and Descendants of Julius E. Farr by Mileta Farr Kilroy.
  • The Family of Willis Vernon Farr: Past and Present Including Descendants of His Grandfather, Ivah Newton Farr, and a Number of Female Lines by Jayne E. Bickford.
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  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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