Farrans is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the given name Farimond.
The surname Farrans originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Farrans 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 Farrans family
The surname Farrans 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 Farrans family
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Farrans Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Farrans has been recorded under many different variations, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Farrans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farrans family to Ireland
Some of the Farrans 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 Farrans family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Farrans or a variant listed above: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.