The ancient Strathclyde Briton name Facquehar is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair
which means son of Farquhar and Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar
which means very dear one.
So, the name means son of the very dear one.
Early Origins of the Facquehar family
The surname Facquehar was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they have enjoyed their seat at Kyle Stewart for many generations. The history is quite separate from that of Farquharson. Robert Farquhar, Laird of Gilmilnescroft about the year 1350 was the first Chief on record and he was probably a direct descendant of Ferchart, father of Fergus, one of the chiefs setting the bounds of Newbattle Abbey in 1178. Descended was Ferkar, Earl of Ross, 1224-1231, and at this time a branch was started in the north at Caithness
Early History of the Facquehar family
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Facquehar Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Facquehar has been spelled Farquhar, Farquher, Farker, Farkar, Forker, Farquar, Farquer and many more.
Early Notables of the Facquehar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Facquehar family to Ireland
Some of the Facquehar family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 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 Facquehar family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: Thomas, Margeret, his son Thomas and James Fargar settled in Charles Town South Carolina in 1767; George Farquar settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768.
The Facquehar Motto
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: Sto cado fide et amis
Motto Translation: I stand and fall by faith and arms.