The Farrance surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the given name Farimond.
The surname Farrance originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Farrance 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
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
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 Farrance family
The surname Farrance 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 Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.
Early History of the Farrance family
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Farrance Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Farrance are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Farrance include: Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Farrance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farrance family to Ireland
Some of the Farrance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 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 Farrance family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Farrance Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Farrance, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
- Mary Farrance, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840