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The surname is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The De ferrers family name, derives one of several place names in Normandy, such as Ferriers, in Gastonois, Normandy. The place name in turn, comes from "ferrière," which refers to an "iron works." They were originally a baronial family from Ferrieres, St. Hilary, near Bernai, Normandy. And early records of 1096, show William de Ferres was a chief leader in the Crusade.

De ferrers Early Origins



The surname De ferrers was first found in Staffordshire, where Henry de Fereres of Ferriers-St. Hilaire, Lord of Longueville, Normandy was on record in the Domesday Book of 1086; his castle was at Tutbury, Staffordshire; he had large holdings in Derbyshire, as well as lands in 14 other counties. Other early records include a Henry le Ferrur on record in 1196 in the Curia Regis Rolls for that same county. Said to be descendents of Henry de Fereres, the Norman Ferrers family held the earldom of Derby from 1138-1266.

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De ferrers Spelling Variations


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De ferrers Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the De ferrers family name include Ferris, Ferres, Ferries, Ferras, Farris, Farriss, Faries, de Ferrers, Ferriers, Ferrer and many more.

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De ferrers Early History


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De ferrers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De ferrers research. Another 495 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1062, 1139, 1st , 1138, 1190, 1239, 1279, 1st , 1300, 1373, 1445, 1271, 1325, 1st , 1299, 1271, 1325, 1423, 1548, 1899, 1138, 1279, 1299, 1325, 1300 and 1445 are included under the topic Early De ferrers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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De ferrers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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De ferrers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De ferrers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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De ferrers In Ireland


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De ferrers In Ireland



Some of the De ferrers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the De ferrers family to immigrate North America: Thomas Ferris, who was on record in Virginia in 1622; Jeffrey Ferris, who came to Boston in 1635; Richard Ferris, who purchased land in 1636 in Virginia.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The De ferrers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The De ferrers 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 June 2012 at 14:32.

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