The chronicles of the Fairny family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts
. The ancestors of the Fairny family lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Fairny family
The surname Fairny was first found in Fife
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
Early History of the Fairny family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fairny research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Fairny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fairny Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Fairny has been written Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Fairny family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairny family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Fairny: John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623. William Fernie landed in New England
in 1654. Many of the Fernie name purchased land in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..