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Where did the English Farro family come from? What is the English Farro family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farro family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farro family history?

The Farro name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Farro was originally a name given to someone who 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.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Farro are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Farro include: Farrar, Farrer, Farror, Farrough, Farrow, Farrowe, Varrow, Varrowe, Varow, Vairow, Varer and many more.

First found in Yorkshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farro research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1402, 1754, 1691, 1689, 1691, 1652 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Farro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Farro family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Farro or a variant listed above:

Farro Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Jno Farro, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

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The Farro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farro 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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