The annals of Scottish history reveal that Fairn was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland
. The Fairn family lived on the land of Fearn in Ross where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Fairn family
The surname Fairn was first found in Ross-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland
, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fairn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairn research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Fairn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fairn Spelling Variations
During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations
of the name Fairn include Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
Early Notables of the Fairn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Ferne (ca. 1560-1609), an English writer on heraldry and an eminent lawyer and politician, Member of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fairn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fairn family to the New World and Oceana
Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia
and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan
societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Fairn: Elizabeth Fearn settled in New England
in 1767; Felix Fearn settled in Philadelphia in 1877; Henry Ferne settled in Virginia in 1623; Paul Ferne settled in Virginia in 1635.