Farquard is one of the proud Scottish names to come from the Strathclyde clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair
which means son of Farquhar and Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar
which means very dear one.
So, the name means son of the very dear one.
Early Origins of the Farquard family
The surname Farquard was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they have enjoyed their seat at Kyle Stewart for many generations. The history is quite separate from that of Farquharson. Robert Farquhar, Laird of Gilmilnescroft about the year 1350 was the first Chief on record and he was probably a direct descendant of Ferchart, father of Fergus, one of the chiefs setting the bounds of Newbattle Abbey in 1178. Descended was Ferkar, Earl of Ross, 1224-1231, and at this time a branch was started in the north at Caithness
Early History of the Farquard family
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Farquard Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Farquard has been spelled Farquhar, Farquher, Farker, Farkar, Forker, Farquar, Farquer and many more.
Early Notables of the Farquard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farquard family to Ireland
Some of the Farquard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 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 Farquard family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland
, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan
organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: Thomas, Margeret, his son Thomas and James Fargar settled in Charles Town South Carolina in 1767; George Farquar settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1768.
The Farquard Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sto cado fide et amis
Motto Translation: I stand and fall by faith and arms.