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The name Farnan is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived at Farnham, in several different counties including Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Suffolk, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Farnan was originally derived from the Old English words fearn + hamm which means a fern-covered homestead or property.

Farnan Early Origins



The surname Farnan was first found in one of the many villages names Farnham throughout England in the following counties or shires: Dorset, Essex, North Yorkshire, Suffolk, and Surrey. Farnham Common and Farnham Royal are located in Buckinghamshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name has numerous listings in the Domesday Book with various spellings that were in use at the time: Fernham, Dorset; Phernham Essex; Fareham North Yorkshire; Farnham, Suffolk; and Fernham Surrey. Farnham Royal was listed as Fernham Riall. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
While one would suppose the surname originated from one or more of the aforementioned locals, another reference suggests we must look to Leicestershire, specifically Quorndon to find the surname's true origin as in "this ancient family was certainly seated at Quorndon two descents before the reign of Edward I." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Farnan Spelling Variations


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Farnan Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Farnan are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Farnan include: Farnham, Farnhams, Farnhan, Fearnham, Farneham and others.

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Farnan Early History


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Farnan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farnan research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1312, 1483, 1753 and are included under the topic Early Farnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farnan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farnan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Farnan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farnan In Ireland


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Farnan In Ireland



Some of the Farnan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Farnan or a variant listed above:

Farnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Farnan, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Eugene Farnan, who arrived in New York in 1828
  • Christopher Farnan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farnan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Farnan (post 1700)



  • Joseph James Farnan Jr. (b. 1945), United States former federal judge from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Robert E. Farnan (1877-1939), American gold medalist rower at the 1904 Summer Olympics
  • Thomas A. Farnan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 20th District, 1906
  • Joseph James Farnan Jr. (b. 1945), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Delaware, 1985-2010; Retired 2010
  • Thomas Farnan (1914-1977), New Zealand association football player
  • James Thomas “Jim” Farnan (1875-1916), Australian rules footballer
  • Robert P. Farnan (1898-1962), Irish gynaecologist, farmer, and senator from County Kildare, President of the National Aberdeen Angus Association (1946 to 1960)
  • Michael Liam Farnan (b. 1941), Irish-born, Canadian former politician in Ontario

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Farnan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farnan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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