Origins Available: English
The ancestry of the name Farnon dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived at Farnham, in several different counties including Buckinghamshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case the surname Farnon was originally derived from the Old English words fearn
which means a fern-covered homestead
Early Origins of the Farnon family
The surname Farnon was first found in one of the many villages names Farnham throughout England
in the following counties or shires: Dorset
, North Yorkshire
, and Surrey
. Farnham Common and Farnham Royal are located in Buckinghamshire
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. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Farnon family
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Farnon Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Farnon have been found, including Farnham, Farnhams, Farnhan, Fearnham, Farneham and others.
Early Notables of the Farnon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farnon family to Ireland
Some of the Farnon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Farnon family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Farnon, or a variant listed above: Thomas and Ralph Farnham who had came to Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1634; as did Henry Farnham of Warwickshire
, who settled there in 1644. Alice, Mary, and Ralph Farnham settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Farnon (post 1700)
- Robert Farnon (b. 1917), Canadian born musician and composer of 'light' music