Fairants is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from the given name Farimond.
The surname Fairants originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Fairants was later adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Fairants family
The surname Fairants was first found in the eastern counties of Norfolk
, Cambridge and Oxfordshire
and it is from this latter shire that we found the first record of the name: Henry Ferant who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Walter Ferrant was listed in the same census but was found in Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.
Early History of the Fairants family
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Fairants Spelling Variations
Fairants has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Fairants have been found, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Fairants family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairants family to Ireland
Some of the Fairants family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Fairants family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Fairantss to arrive on North American shores: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.