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The name Farr is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Farr was a name used for a person who was described as being fierce or lusty. The surname is derived from the Old English word farr, which meant bull.
The surname Farr was first found in Yorkshire. While most researchers believe that the name is Anglo-Saxon in origin, we must not dismiss the possible Norman origin. For example, Radulphus Fere of Nomandy was listed there in 1180 and 1195 and the Rotuli Hundredorum ( Hundred Rolls) c. 1272 list Walter Fere of England. 
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Farr include Farr, Farre and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farr research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1381 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Farr History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Farr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Farr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Farr were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Farr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Barnabas Farr settled in New England in 1620
- Edward Farr settled in St. Christopher in 1635
- Edward Farr, aged 28, landed in St Christopher in 1635
- Mary Farr, who landed in Virginia in 1650
- Mary Farr settled in Virginia in 1650
Farr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Judith Farr, who landed in Virginia in 1702
- AnnaMaria Farr, who arrived in America in 1750
Farr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wilhelm Farr, aged 39, landed in New York in 1849
- Willson Farr, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- James Farr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
- Henry Farr, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1862
Farr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Farr, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Solomon Farr, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- Charles Farr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
- Charles Farr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839
- Sophia Farr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839
Farr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Samuel Farr landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Mary Farr arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
- Jane Farr arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
- W. Aubrey Farr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siam" in 1865
- George Farr, aged 30, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
- Melvin "Mel" Farr (1944-2015), American NFL football player who played for the Detroit Lions from 1967 to 1973
- Felicia Farr (b. 1932), born Olive Dinesis, a former American actress and model, second husband was the film star Jack Lemmon
- Samuel Sharon "Sam" Farr (b. 1941), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California (2013-)
- D'Marco Farr (b. 1971), American former NFL football defensive tackle, awarded the Morris Trophy (1993), Super Bowl champion (XXXIV)
- Steven Michael Farr (b. 1956), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1984 to 1994
- James Alfred Farr (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Diane Farr (b. 1969), American actress, known for her roles as FBI agent Megan Reeves in the CBS television series Numb3rs
- Asahel Farr, American politician, Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1859-60, 1864-65, 1871-74, 1877-79
- Asa W. Farr, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Walworth County, 1856
- Aaron F. Farr Jr., American politician, Mayor of Logan, Utah, 1886-89; Resigned 1889
- The Ancestors and Descendants of Julius E. Farr by Mileta Farr Kilroy.
- The Family of Willis Vernon Farr: Past and Present Including Descendants of His Grandfather, Ivah Newton Farr, and a Number of Female Lines by Jayne E. Bickford.
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The Farr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farr 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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