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The name Farrant originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the given name Farimond. The surname Farrant originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant which meant iron-grey. The surname Farrant 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 Farrant family

The surname Farrant 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. [1]

Early History of the Farrant family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrant research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1580, 1564, 1569, 1580, 1575, 1671, 1600 and are included under the topic Early Farrant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farrant Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Farrant has appeared include Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.

Early Notables of the Farrant family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Farrant (c. 1530-1580), English composer of church music, choirmaster, playwright and theatrical producer who created the Blackfriars Theatre. The date of his first appointment is not known, but he resigned in April, 1564, on becoming Master of the Children of St. George's Chapel, Windsor, of which he is said to have been also a lay vicar and organist. During his tenure of office at Windsor he occupied 'a dwelling house within the Castle, called the Old Commons.'...
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Ireland Migration of the Farrant family to Ireland

Some of the Farrant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Farrant migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Farrant arrived in North America very early:

Farrant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phillip Farrant, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Jos Farrant, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
Farrant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864

Australia Farrant migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Farrant Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Farrant, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Farrant, (b. 1816), aged 19, English farm labourer who was convicted in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "England" on 6th June 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1895 [4]
  • Nathan Farrant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [5]
  • William John R. Farrant, aged 43, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [6]

New Zealand Farrant migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Farrant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Farrant, (b. 1845), aged 25, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [7]
  • Mrs. Harriet Farrant, (b. 1848), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1870 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Farrant (post 1700) +

  • Danny Farrant, English drummer in the British punk band Buzzcocks
  • Richard Farrant (1530-1580), English composer of church music
  • Walter Leslie "Whitey" Farrant (1912-1977), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey right winger
  • Paul Farrant, British gold medalist slalom canoer at the 1959 World Championships
  • Marion Alice Coburn "M.A.C." Farrant (b. 1947), Canadian short fiction writer, memoirist, journalist, and humourist
  • Gary Farrant (b. 1946), Australian rules footballer
  • David Graeme Farrant (b. 1960), former New Zealand first-class cricketer

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert E Farrant, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [8]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. 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)
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022).
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from
  6. South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  8. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook