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Where did the English Farrar family come from? What is the English Farrar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farrar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farrar family history?The founding heritage of the Farrar family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Farrar comes from when one of the family worked as a shoer of horses, or a farrier. In the Middle Ages, horses were the only alternative to walking as a means of transportation. This made the farrier a very important person; not only did they replace horseshoes, but they also diagnosed any number of ailments of the animals. In short, their job was to keep the horse on the road and in good health. This importance was reflected in the fact that they were often free, instead of being bonded to the land in the way that serfs and peasants were.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Farrar has been spelled many different ways, including Farrar, Farrer, Farror, Farrough, Farrow, Farrowe, Varrow, Varrowe, Varow, Vairow, Varer and many more.
First found in Yorkshire, where the family was anciently seated.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrar research. Another 381 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1402, and 1754 are included under the topic Early Farrar History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Farrar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Farrar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 113 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Farrars to arrive in North America:
Farrar Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Farrar Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Farrar Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Farrar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrar 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.
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