Show ContentsFaris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the Scottish west coast, the Faris family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes 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 as "Fercos."

Fergus I (fl. 330 B.C.?), "son of Ferchard, was the first king of Scotland, according to the fictitious chronology of Boece and Buchanan, is said to have come to Scotland from Ireland about 330 B.C. to assist the Scots already settled in Scotland against the joint attack of the Picts and Britons. After succeeding in this he is further said to have gone back to Ireland to quell disturbances which had arisen in his absence, and to have been drowned in the passage off the rock or port which got the name of Carrick Fergus from him. " 1

Early Origins of the Faris family

The surname Faris 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.

Constantine Mac Fergus (d. 820), was King of the Picts, he "acquired the monarchy by the defeat of Conall Mac Taidg (Teige), who was assassinated in 807 by another Conall, son of Aidan, a Dalriad king in Kintyre. " 1

Early History of the Faris family

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Faris Spelling Variations

In various documents Faris has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

Early Notables of the Faris family

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Faris Ranking

In the United States, the name Faris is the 5,410th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the Faris family to Ireland

Some of the Faris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Faris migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Faris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Faris, who landed in Maryland in 1670 3
Faris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Faris, who landed in North Carolina in 1740 3
  • Fredrick Faris, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 3
Faris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Faris, aged 40, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1822 3
  • George Faris, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 3
  • J W Faris, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 3
Faris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elias Faris, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Faris (post 1700) +

  • Frederick F. Faris (1870-1927), American architect, known for his work throughout Wheeling, West Virginia
  • John Thomson Faris (1871-1949), American editor, author, and clergyman
  • James C. Faris, American anthropologist and epistemologist
  • John D. Faris (b. 1951), American priest, educator and author, Chaplain of His Holiness (Monsignor) in 1988
  • Ellsworth Faris (1874-1953), American sociologist, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Chicago, President of the American Sociological Society in 1937
  • Kelly Elizabeth Faris (b. 1991), American professional WNBA basketball player for the Connecticut Sun
  • Paula Faris (b. 1975), American television correspondent for ABC News, former co-anchor of World News Now and America This Morning, current co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend
  • Anna Kay Faris (b. 1976), American actress and producer
  • Sean Hardy Faris (b. 1982), American actor, model, and producer, best known for his roles in Never Back Down, The King of Fighters and Forever Strong
  • George Washington Faris (1854-1914), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1895-1897) and (1897-1901)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Winter Quarters coal mine
  • Mr. Thomas Faris (b. 1857), English mine worker from Durham residing in Scofield, Utah who worked in the Winter Quarters coal mine on 1st May 1900, when 10 of the 25lb kegs of black powder exploded; he died in the explosion 4

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Miners killed in Winter Quarters (retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook