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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.

Farrar Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Farrar Spelling Variations


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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.

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Farrar Early History


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Farrar Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrar research. Another 307 words (22 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.

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Farrar Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farrar Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farrar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farrar In Ireland


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Farrar In Ireland



Some of the Farrar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 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


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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1623
  • William Farrar, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Elizabeth Farrar, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Farrar, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Farrar, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1639
  • ... (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

Farrar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J H Farrar, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Samuel Farrar, aged 32, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • John Morgan Farrar, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1817
  • Hose Farrar, aged 24, landed in New Orleans, La in 1838
  • Paul Farrar, aged 37, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

Farrar Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Farrar, aged 35, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Alice Farrar arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farrar (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Farrar (post 1700)



  • William H. Farrar (b. 1826), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for Oregon, 1854-59; Delegate to Oregon State Constitutional Convention from Multnomah County, 1857; Mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1862-63
  • William H. Farrar, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 5th District, 1874-75
  • Timothy Farrar, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1791-1803; Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1800, 1808
  • Samuel R. Farrar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1908
  • Roy Farrar, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Prescott S. Farrar, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Henniker, 1948
  • Opal Farrar, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Lysander Farrar, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 28th District, 1862-63
  • Judson S. Farrar (1836-1916), American politician, Mayor of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1883-85; Fusion Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1886; Adjutant General of Michigan, 1891-93
  • John R. Farrar, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 17th District, 1908-09
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Farrar Historic Events


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Farrar Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Clifton Farrar (b. 1919), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Farrar


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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.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Farrar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrar 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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