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The origins of the name Farren are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the given name Farimond. The surname Farren originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant which meant iron-grey. The surname Farren 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.

Farren Early Origins



The surname Farren 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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Farren Spelling Variations


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Farren Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Farren family name include Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.

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Farren Early History


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Farren Early History



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

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Farren Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farren Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Farren In Ireland


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Farren In Ireland



Some of the Farren 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


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Farren surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Farren Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Farren arrived in St. Christopher in 1633

Farren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Farren arrived in New York State in 1811
  • James Farren, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • lames Farren, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Sally Farren, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel Farren, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Farren Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Farren, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Hugh Farren, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Barney Farren, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
  • John Farren, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
  • Hugh Farren arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Farren Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Farren arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847
  • Matilda Farren, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farren (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Farren (post 1700)



  • Private Daniel Farren (b. 1848), Irish-born, American soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 8th U.S. Cavalry during the Apache Wars, recipient of the Medal of Honor for gallantry fighting
  • Charlie Farren (b. 1953), American musician, composer and guitarist, best known as the lead singer of the rock bands The Joe Perry Project and Farrenheit
  • Roswell B. Farren, American politician, First Selectman of New Haven, Connecticut, 1896
  • Richard L. Farren, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Henry B. Farren (1848-1905), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 16th District, 1903-04
  • Charles F. Farren, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1932
  • Nellie Farren (1848-1904), English actress and singer
  • George Farren (1874-1956), English cricketer
  • William Farren (1786-1861), English actor
  • Elizabeth Farren (1759-1829), English actress
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Farren Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farren 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2016 at 10:27.

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