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Farn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland were the ancestors of the first people to use the name Farn. It comes from 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 Farn family


The surname Farn 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 Farn family


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Farn Spelling Variations


Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Farn has appeared Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.

Early Notables of the Farn 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...
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Migration of the Farn family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Farn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Farn, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • James Farn, aged 30, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

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