Farrar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The founding heritage of the Farrar family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Farrar comes from when one of the family worked as a shoer of horses, or a farrier. In the Middle Ages, horses were the only alternative to walking as a means of transportation. This made the farrier a very important person; not only did they replace horseshoes, but they also diagnosed any number of ailments of the animals. In short, their job was to keep the horse on the road and in good health. This importance was reflected in the fact that they were often free, instead of being bonded to the land in the way that serfs and peasants were.

Early Origins of the Farrar family

The surname Farrar was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Wortley, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Peter, liberty of the borough of Leeds. "This place, in the Domesday Survey styled Wyrteley, formerly belonged to the Farrars, of Halifax, from whom the manor was purchased in 1766 by the family of the present owner." [1]

Early History of the Farrar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrar research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1402, 1754, 1691, 1689, 1691, 1652 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Farrar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farrar Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Farrar has been spelled many different ways, including Farrar, Farrer, Farror, Farrough, Farrow, Farrowe, Varrow, Varrowe, Varow, Vairow, Varer and many more.

Early Notables of the Farrar family (pre 1700)

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Farrar Ranking

In the United States, the name Farrar is the 2,205th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Farrar family to Ireland

Some of the Farrar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Farrar migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Farrars to arrive in North America:

Farrar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Farrar, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Farrar, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Elizabeth Farrar, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Robert Farrar, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Thomas Farrar, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1639 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Farrar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Heinrich Farrar, who arrived in Carolina in 1743 [3]
Farrar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J H Farrar, who arrived in America in 1801 [3]
  • Samuel Farrar, aged 32, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [3]
  • John Morgan Farrar, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1817 [3]
  • Hose Farrar, aged 24, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1838 [3]
  • Paul Farrar, aged 37, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Farrar migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Farrar Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Farrar, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Farrar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Prentice Farrar, who arrived in Canada in 1828

New Zealand Farrar 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:

Farrar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Farrar, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Mr. Farrar, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [4]
  • Alice Farrar, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Farrar (post 1700) +

  • Frank Leroy Farrar (1929-2021), American politician, 24th Governor of South Dakota (1969-1971)
  • Jimmy Farrar (1950-2018), American singer, songwriter and musician from La Grange, Georgia, known for his work with Molly Hatchet (1980-1982)
  • Scott Farrar, American Academy Award winning visual artist, known for his work on Transformers (2007), Minority Report (2002) and A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • Freddy "Fuzzy" Farrar (b. 1924), Welsh-born, American trumpet player with Tommy Dorsey
  • Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967), American opera singer, best known for "the intimate timbre of her voice"
  • Tyler Farrar (b. 1984), American professional road racing cyclist
  • F. F. Farrar, American politician, Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1865 [5]
  • Elbert O. Farrar, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 2nd District, 1882-83 [5]
  • Edward Farrar, American politician, Mayor of Keene, New Hampshire, 1876-77 [5]
  • David Farrar (1825-1907), American Republican politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1882-83 [5]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Clifton Farrar (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]

Suggested Readings for the name Farrar +

  • The Farrar's Island Family and Its English Ancestry by Alvahn Holmes.
  • Two Branches of the Farrar Family: with Ancestors and Descendants of William Clark Farrar and His Sister Mary Farrar Norwood by Montgomery Dell Thaxton.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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