islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Ferriss family. 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 Ferriss family
The surname Ferriss 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 Ferriss family
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Ferriss Spelling Variations
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
. Ferriss has been written as Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferriss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferriss family to Ireland
Some of the Ferriss family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 168 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ferriss family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ferriss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Joseph Ferriss U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Contemporary Notables of the name Ferriss (post 1700)
- Orange Ferriss (1814-1894), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 16th District, 1867-71 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- David Meadow "Dave" Ferriss (1921-2016), nicknamed "Boo" Ferriss, an American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1945-1950)