A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
was the first to use the name Fearn. They lived 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 Fearn family
The surname Fearn 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.
Early History of the Fearn family
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Fearn Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Fearn has been spelled Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
Early Notables of the Fearn 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 Fearn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fearn family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Fearn:
Fearn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Elizabeth Fearn, who settled in New England in 1767
Fearn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Felix Fearn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1877
Fearn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Fearn, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
- Eliza Fearn, aged 31, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Fearn (post 1700)
- Dr. Anne Walter Fearn (1865-1939), American missionary physician who went to Shanghai, China on a temporary posting in 1893, and remained there for 40 years
- John Walker Fearn (1832-1899), American Confederate soldier later an American diplomat to Serbia, Romania, and Greece, Chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893
- Thomas Fearn (1789-1863), American Confederate politician who served in the United States Army in the War of 1812 and as a member of the Alabama state legislature
- Thomas Fearn (1789-1863), American politician, Member of Alabama State Legislature; Delegate from Alabama to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Iain Fearn (b. 1949), Scottish footballer who played from 1968 to 1974
- Sir Patrick Robin Fearn KCMG (1934-2006), British diplomat, Ambassador to Cuba and Spain
- John Fearn (1768-1837), British philosopher, a close friend of Samuel Parr and Basil Montagu
- Sheila Fearn (b. 1940), British former actress, best known for playing Audrey, the sister of Terry Collier in The Likely Lads and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
- John Russell Fearn (1908-1960), British prolific uthor who used various pseudonyms including Thornton Ayre, Polton Cross, Geoffrey Armstrong, John Cotton, Dennis Clive, Ephriam Winiki, Astron Del Martia and others
- John Fearn (b. 1798), British Royal Navy officer, ship captain and explorer, the first European to discover the Pacific island of Nauru
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