Early Origins of the Fairhead family
The surname Fairhead was first found in Midlothian
, where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. The name was first recorded in Scotland
in Fairholm now called Farme. The old lands of Farme are now included in the town of Rutherglen.
Ancient records of the family are scarce, so we must look to 17th century records that include: Jemet Fairum who was married in Edinburgh in 1604, Marion Fairholm who appears in Overtoun of Quodquen, 1621, and three more of the name are in record in Lanark.
John Fairholm, (died 1646) was merchant burgess of Edinburgh and a few years later, John Ferholme was merchant burgess there in 1655. We must presume that the latter was presumably son of the former. George Fairholme was a tanner at the West Port of Edinburgh in 1653. Fairholm of Craigiehall was an old family in West Lothian. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Fairhead family
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Fairhead Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Fairholm, Farme, Fairhome, Fairholm, Ferme, Pharne, Pharme, Pherme, Ferholm and many more.
Early Notables of the Fairhead family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairhead family to Ireland
Some of the Fairhead family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fairhead family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fairhead Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Fairhead, who settled in Nebraska in 1871
Fairhead Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Fairhead, aged 33, a carpenter, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
- Rhoda Fairhead, aged 37, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
- Elizabeth A. Fairhead, aged 11, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
- William J. P. Fairhead, aged 9, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
- Rhoda J. Fairhead, aged 7, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
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The Fairhead 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: Fide et firme
Motto Translation: Faithfully and firmly.