Faorne was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The ancestors of the Faorne 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 Faorne family
The surname Faorne 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 Faorne family
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Faorne Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Faorne has appeared Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
Early Notables of the Faorne 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 Faorne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Faorne family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Faorne: 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.