An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2013
Where did the Scottish Farid family come from? What is the Scottish Farid family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farid family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farid family history?The Farid family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Farid is derived from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name "Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus as "Fercos."
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Farid include Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
First found in Galloway, Ireland where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway (d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farid research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Farid History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Farid Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Farid family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Farid arrived in North America very early: Owen Fergus, who settled in Boston in 1739; James Fergus, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740; another James Fergus, who settled in New York in 1774.
The Farid Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farid Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:34.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.