Farrer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Farrer finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for 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 Farrer family

The surname Farrer 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 Farrer family

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Farrer 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 Farrer family name include Farrar, Farrer, Farror, Farrough, Farrow, Farrowe, Varrow, Varrowe, Varow, Vairow, Varer and many more.

Early Notables of the Farrer family (pre 1700)

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Farrer Ranking

In the United States, the name Farrer is the 11,075th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Farrer family to Ireland

Some of the Farrer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Farrer migration to the United States +

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 Farrer surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Farrer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Farrer, aged 54, who settled in America from London, in 1892
  • Mrs. Thomas Farrer, aged 29, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1892
  • Thomas Farrer, aged 26, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1892
  • Farrer, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Farrer, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1893
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Farrer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Philip Farrer, aged 24, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1900
  • Joseph Farrer, aged 65, who immigrated to the United States from Blackpool, in 1903
  • Lister Farrer, aged 26, who settled in America from Blackpool, in 1904
  • Jack Farrer, who immigrated to the United States from Blackpool, in 1904
  • Edith Farrer, who landed in America from Blackpool, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Farrer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Farrer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Farrer, British convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "England" on 6th June 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • John Farrer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851 [4]
  • Robert Farrer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851 [4]

New Zealand Farrer 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:

Farrer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Farrer, (b. 1841), aged 23, English domestic servant from Westmoreland travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [5]
  • Miss Martha Farrer, (b. 1846), aged 18, English domestic servant from Westmoreland travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [5]

West Indies Farrer migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Farrer Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mary Farrer, who settled in Jamaica in 1690

Contemporary Notables of the name Farrer (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Charles Farrer (1838-1891), English-born, American painter and teacher of painting in the United States
  • Joe Farrer, American politician who served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from the 44th district
  • Henry Farrer (1844-1903), English-born American artist known for his watercolor landscapes and etchings
  • Anthony Thomas Farrer (1910-1964), 5th Baron Farrer, English peer
  • Oliver Thomas Farrer (1904-1954), 4th Baron Farrer, English peer
  • Cecil Claude Farrer (1893-1948), 3rd Baron Farrer, English peer
  • Thomas Cecil Farrer (1859-1940), 2nd Baron Farrer, English peer
  • Claude Erskine Farrer (1864-1890), English tennis player, second son of Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer
  • Sir Charles Matthew Farrer GCVO (1852-1928), English amateur footballer who played in the 1875 and 1876 FA Cup Finals
  • Austin Farrer (1904-1968), English theologian and philosopher
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Halsted
  • Mr. Edward Farrer (b. 1925), Scottish Royal Navy ordinary seaman from Durham, England was stationed aboard the "HMS Halsted" when it was struck by torpedo by Jaguar and Mowe of the Cherbourg coast on 11th June 1944, he did not survive
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Jack F Farrer, British Leading Seaman Able Bodied, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CARLETON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Carleton.gif
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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