In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the Farriss family were born. 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
. 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 Farriss family
The surname Farriss 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 Farriss family
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Farriss Spelling Variations
In various documents Farriss has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
Early Notables of the Farriss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farriss family to Ireland
Some of the Farriss family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Farriss family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Farriss or a variant listed above include: 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.