Farn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Farn. It comes from on the land of Fearn in Ross where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Farn family

The surname Farn was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Farn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farn research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Farn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farn Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Farn has appeared Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.

Early Notables of the Farn family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir John Ferne (ca. 1560-1609), an English writer on heraldry and an eminent lawyer and politician, Member of...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farn migration to Canada

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Farn name:

Farn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Farn, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • James Farn, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

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