Ferns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Ferns family saga is rooted in the people of the Pictish Clan of ancient Scotland. The Ferns family 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 Ferns family

The surname Ferns 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.

Important Dates for the Ferns family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferns research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Ferns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferns Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Ferns include Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.

Early Notables of the Ferns 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...
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Ferns migration to the United States

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Ferns:

Ferns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rosende Ferns, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]

Ferns migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ferns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Ferns, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • Margaret Ferns, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Ferns migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ferns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Ferns, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballarat" in 1867
  • Walter Ferns, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferns (post 1700)

  • Ryan James Ferns, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates 3rd District; Elected 2010, 2012
  • Naomi C. Ferns, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Alexander "Alex" Ferns (b. 1968), Scottish actor and television personality, best known for his villainous role as Trevor Morgan on the soap EastEnders
  • Edward "Eddie" Ferns (b. 1991), Scottish footballer
  • Lyndon Ferns (b. 1983), South African Olympic gold-medalist and former world record swimmer
  • Rube Ferns, Welterweight champion in 1900 and 1901

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
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