Farrants is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Farimond.
The surname Farrants originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Farrants 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 Farrants family
The surname Farrants 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 Farrants family
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Farrants Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Farrants has undergone many spelling variations
, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Farrants family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farrants family to Ireland
Some of the Farrants family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Farrants family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Farrants were among those contributors: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.