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

The Irish surname Fearon is an Anglicization of a few different Gaelic names, such as "Ó Faracháin," "Ó Fearáin," and "Ó Forannáin."


Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fearon family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fearon, Feron, Feran, Farren and others.

First found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fearon research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fearon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Fearon family in North America:

Fearon Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Fearon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Robert Fearon, who arrived in America in 1796

Fearon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Fearon arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • George Fearon, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • George and Robert Fearon arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • Joseph Fearon, aged 36, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • George and Henry Fearon arrived in Philadelphia during the Potato Famine in 1842 and 1848


  • James Fearon, American political scientist
  • Blair Fearon, Otorhinolaryngologist, Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • George R. Fearon (1883-1976), President pro tem of the New York State Senate 1931-1932
  • John Turner Fearon (1869-1937), first editor of the Sunday Mercury
  • Martin Fearon (b. 1988), English footballer
  • Phil Fearon (b. 1956), British record producer
  • Ray Fearon (b. 1967), British stage actor


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