The tale of the name Fernie begins with a family who lived in the lands of Fernie in
where the name can be found since very early times.
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernie research.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Fernie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Fernie has been spelled Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Fernie:
Fernie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623
- William Fernie, who landed in New England in 1654
Fernie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza Fernie, aged 32, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
Fernie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Betsie Fernie, aged 28, a housekeeper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Cuthbert W. Fernie, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Francis G. Fernie, aged 33, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Alexander Fernie, aged 26, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875