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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.

Farrant Early Origins



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 Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.

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Farrant Spelling Variations


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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.

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Farrant Early History


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Farrant Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrant research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1580, 1575 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Farrant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farrant Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farrant Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farrant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farrant In Ireland


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Farrant In Ireland



Some of the Farrant 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.

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The Great Migration



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
  • Jos Farrant, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Farrant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Farrant arrived in Philadelphia in 1864

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • Nathan Farrant arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm
  • William John R. Farrant, aged 43, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farrant (post 1700)


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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

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Farrant Historic Events


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Farrant Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Albert E Farrant, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Farrant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrant 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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