Farebrother History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Farebrother is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who was referred to as the fair brother. The surname was originally derived from the relationship between two brothers and referred to the brother of a fair person or the better-looking of a pair of brothers. The surname Farebrother comes from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word faerbeorht which described a brother-in-law to a famous knight or nobleman. In Scotland, "father-brother" is a phrase to designate an uncle. [1]

Early Origins of the Farebrother family

The surname Farebrother was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Farebrother family

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Farebrother Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Farebrother include Fairbrother, Farbrother, Farebrother, Fairbrodder, Farbrodder and many more.

Early Notables of the Farebrother family (pre 1700)

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United States Farebrother migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Farebrother were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Farebrother Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susannah Farebrother, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Suzanna Farebrother, aged 25, who landed in New England in 1635 [2]
  • John Farebrother, who landed in Maryland in 1676 [2]
  • John Farebrother, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Australia Farebrother migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Farebrother Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837


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