Farnes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The current generations of the Farnes family have inherited a surname that was first used hundreds of years ago by descendants of the ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Farnes 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 Farnes family

The surname Farnes 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.

Important Dates for the Farnes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farnes research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Farnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farnes Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Farnes has been spelled Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.

Early Notables of the Farnes 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 Farnes family

The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Farnes: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Farnes (post 1700)

  • Eleanor Farnes, British writer of over 60 romance novels from 1935 to 1979
  • Wing Commander Paul Casewell Powe Farnes DFM (b. 1918), British World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot and fighter aces credited with 8 aerial victories
  • Richard Farnes (b. 1964), British conductor, current Music Director of Opera North
  • Kenneth "Ken" Farnes (1911-1941), English cricketer who played in 15 Tests from 1934 to 1939
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