The age-old tribe of the Strathclyde Britons
of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first people to use the name Farquar. It is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair
which means son of Farquhar and Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar
which means very dear one.
So, the name means son of the very dear one.
Early Origins of the Farquar family
The surname Farquar was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they have enjoyed their seat at Kyle Stewart for many generations. The history is quite separate from that of Farquharson. Robert Farquhar, Laird of Gilmilnescroft about the year 1350 was the first Chief on record and he was probably a direct descendant of Ferchart, father of Fergus, one of the chiefs setting the bounds of Newbattle Abbey in 1178. Descended was Ferkar, Earl of Ross, 1224-1231, and at this time a branch was started in the north at Caithness
Early History of the Farquar family
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Farquar Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. Farquar has appeared as Farquhar, Farquher, Farker, Farkar, Forker, Farquar, Farquer and many more.
Early Notables of the Farquar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farquar family to Ireland
Some of the Farquar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 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 Farquar family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Among them:
Farquar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- George Farquar, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768
Farquar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis, George, Michael and William Farquar all, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1813
The Farquar Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sto cado fide et amis
Motto Translation: I stand and fall by faith and arms.