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The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the Fariss family. Their name comes 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."

Fariss Early Origins



The surname Fariss 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.

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Fariss Early History


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Fariss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fariss research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Fariss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fariss Spelling Variations


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Fariss Spelling Variations



The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Fariss has been recorded as Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

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Fariss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fariss Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Fariss In Ireland


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Fariss In Ireland



Some of the Fariss 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Fariss, or a variant listed above:

Fariss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William B. Fariss, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fariss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fariss (post 1700)



  • Monty Ted Fariss (b. 1967), American professional baseball outfielder from 1991 to 1993

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