The Fairish family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name Fairish is derived from the Scottish surname MacFergus,
which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name
"Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland
and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus
Early Origins of the Fairish family
The surname Fairish was first found in Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland
where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland
as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness
. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway
(d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.
Early History of the Fairish family
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Fairish Spelling Variations
Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. In various documents Fairish has been spelled Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
Early Notables of the Fairish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairish family to Ireland
Some of the Fairish family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 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 Fairish family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Fairish were among those contributors: Owen Fergus, who settled in Boston in 1739; James Fergus, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740; another James Fergus, who settled in New York in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fairish (post 1700)
- William Fairish, American first manager of Phoenix, Arizona in 1914