Origins Available: English
The ancient Normans
that arrived in England
following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Fairan family have grown. The name Fairan was given to a member of the family who was a person with gray hair, or who habitually dressed in gray. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word, ferrant,
which means gray (a reference to the color of iron). Another derivation suggests that the name is a corruption of Ferrant,
the Old French form of Ferdinand.
Time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given situation.
Early Origins of the Fairan family
The surname Fairan was first found in Yorkshire
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror and appointed to the Wardenship of Skipton Castle, for the Cliffords, the chief tenants shown in the Domesday Book
. They were under the protection and patronage of the ancient Earl of Albermarle.
Early History of the Fairan family
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Fairan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Fairan has been recorded under many different variations, including Ferrant, Ferrand, Ferand, Ferrante and others.
Early Notables of the Fairan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fairans were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Phillip Ferrant arrived in Virginia in 1654; George Ferand arrived at Providence R.I. in 1823; John Andrew Ferand arrived in Philadelphia in 1797; Benjamin arrived in New York in 1812.
The Fairan 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: Justus propositi tenax
Motto Translation: The just is firm of purpose.