The Fairall surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."
Early Origins of the Fairall family
The surname Fairall was first found in Leinster
, where they were found mainly in County Longford.
Early History of the Fairall family
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Fairall Spelling Variations
Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Fairall that are preserved in documents of the family history are Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.
Early Notables of the Fairall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairall family to the New World and Oceana
began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland
. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Fairall:
Fairall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Fairall, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Esperanza" from Cristobal, Canal Zone CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPF-P43 : 6 December 2014), Bertha Fairall, 12 Jul 1908; citing departure port Cristobal, Canal Zone, arrival port New York, ship name Esperanza, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Charlie Fairall, aged 21, originally from Newcastle, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67X-C4Q : 6 December 2014), Charlie Fairall, 23 Nov 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- C. W. Fairall, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CP-BP6 : 6 December 2014), C. W. Fairall, 07 Apr 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Fairall (post 1700)
- Percy Christian Charles Fairall (1909-1980), Australian rugby league player, member of the New South Wales team (1935-1936) and the Australia National Team (1935-1938)
- Anthony Patrick "Tony" Fairall (1943-2008), South African astronomer, best known for his work on exploring the large-scale structure of the Universe; he discovered and named Fairall 9, the most luminous Seyfert 1 galaxy
Historic Events for the Fairall family
- Mr. Henry Fairall (d. 1912), aged 38, English Saloon Steward from Ryde, Isle of Wight who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
The Fairall 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: Cu reabtha
Motto Translation: The rampaging dog.