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Where did the Scottish Ferguson family come from? What is the Scottish Ferguson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ferguson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ferguson family history?

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Ferguson family. Their name comes from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus".

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Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Ferguson has been written as Ferguson, Fergusson, Farguson, Fargerson, Fargusson and many more.

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), where they were descended from the Prince of Galloway who married the daughter of Henry I of England. These ancient Lords of Galloway were independent rulers until they were annexed by Scotland in 1234. Alan, Prince of Galloway, was the last of the line. The Craigdarroch branch was the oldest but they also had branches at Cowal, Kintyre, Kilkerran, Atholl, Kinmundy, Pitfour. The Ayrshire Fergusons, who descended from Fergus, the independent 12th century Lord of Galloway, were established in the Southwest of Scotland even before they received their charter from Bruce, the King of Scotland, in the 13th century. Furthermore, numerous families of the name Ferguson were established throughout Scotland at an early date. In Argyll, where the Ferguson Clan is particularly numerous, the Fergusons held lands in Strachur until the beginning of the 19th century. The Fergussons of Perthshire were recognized as the principal Highland branch of the Clan and the chieftainship belonged to the Dunfallandy family, the head of which was designated "MacFhearghuis."


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferguson research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1745, 1621, 1667, 1699, 1705, 1637, 1714, 1672, 1734, 1723, 1816 and are included under the topic Early Ferguson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferguson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Ferguson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ferguson or a variant listed above:

Ferguson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Elizabeth Ferguson, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Daniel Ferguson settled in New England in 1651
  • Agnes Ferguson, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Elspeth Ferguson, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Gilbert Ferguson, who arrived in East New Jersey in 1685


Ferguson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lawrence Ferguson, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Henry Ferguson, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Finlow Ferguson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Duncan Ferguson, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Duncan Ferguson settled in Virginia in 1716


Ferguson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jas Ferguson, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Thos Ferguson, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Andw Ferguson, who landed in America in 1805
  • Matthew Ferguson, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Robt Ferguson, who arrived in America in 1811


Ferguson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Alexander Ferguson U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists
  • Mr. Alexander Ferguson U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Farrington Ferguson U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Henry Ferguson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Peter Ferguson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


Ferguson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Peter Ferguson, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Archibald Ferguson, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John Ferguson, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John Ferguson, aged 21, a smith, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • John Ferguson, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Dorothy" in 1815


Ferguson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Ferguson, a weaver, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Peter Ferguson, a brick-maker, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Daniel Ferguson, a nailor, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Elizabeth Ferguson, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Ferguson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Donald Ferguson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • J Ferguson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Ferguson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Donald Ferguson, aged 36, a miller, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mary Ferguson, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840


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  • Elsie Louise Ferguson (1885-1961), American stage and film actress
  • Homer Samuel Ferguson (1889-1982), American politician and lawyer, Senator from Michigan
  • Captain Christopher J. Ferguson (b. 1961), American NASA Astronaut with over 40 days in space
  • James Edward "Pa" Ferguson (1871-1944), American Democratic politician from the state of Texas and 26th Governor of Texas
  • Robert Bruce "Bob" Ferguson (1927-2001), American songwriter and record producer
  • Helaman Rolfe Pratt Ferguson (b. 1940), American sculptor and digital artist
  • Master Edward Ferguson (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Newark, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mrs. Mary Ferguson (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Newark, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Ferguson (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Sir John Ferguson (1832-1907), Scottish statesman

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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: Dulcius ex asperis
Motto Translation: Sweeter after difficulties

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Ferguson Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Ferguson
Ceddy, Cheddey, Cheddie, Cheddy, Fairadge, Fairage, Fairedge, Fairege, Fairidge, Fairies, Fairige, Fairis, Fairish, Fairitch, Faradge, Farage, Fareadge, Fareage, Faredge, Fareedge, Fareege, Farege, Fareidge, Fareies, Fareige, Fareis, Fareish, Fareitch, Fargason, Fargerson, Fargie, Fargoson, Fargus, Farguson, Fargusson, Fargyson, Faridge, Faries, Farige, Faris, Farish, Faritch, Farradge, Farrage, Farrass, Farredge, Farrege, Farress, Farrgus, Farridge and more.

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The Ferguson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferguson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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