Farran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Farran are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the given name Farimond. The surname Farran originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant which meant iron-grey. The surname Farran was later adopted in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Farran family
The surname Farran was first found in the eastern counties of Norfolk, Cambridge and Oxfordshire and it is from this latter shire that we found the first record of the name: Henry Ferant who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Walter Ferrant was listed in the same census but was found in Cambridgeshire. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk. 
Early History of the Farran family
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Farran Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Farran family name include Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Farran family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farran family to Ireland
Some of the Farran family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Farran migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Farran surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Farran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Manuel Farran, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1840 
- Michael, Samuel, and William Farran, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1827 and 1852
Farran migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Farran Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Sgt. James Farran U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association 
Farran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- William Farran, aged 25, who landed in Quebec in 1833
Contemporary Notables of the name Farran (post 1700) +
- Thomas H. Farran, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1912, 1914 
- Robert W. Farran, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000 
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html