The old Scottish-Dalriadan 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
. 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
Early Origins of the Farid family
The surname Farid was first found in Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East 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.
Early History of the Farid family
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Farid Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Farid family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farid family to Ireland
Some of the Farid family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Farid family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Farid were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.