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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.

Farrer Early Origins



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

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Farrer Spelling Variations


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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.

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Farrer Early History


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Farrer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrer 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 Farrer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farrer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farrer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Farrer In Ireland


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Farrer In Ireland



Some of the Farrer 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



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 17th Century

  • Mary Farrer settled in Jamaica in 1690

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
  • Charles Farrer, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Farrer, aged 17, who landed 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 emigrated to the United States from Blackpool, in 1903
  • Lister Farrer, aged 26, who settled in America from Blackpool, in 1904
  • Jack Farrer, who emigrated 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.)

Farrer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Farrer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851
  • Robert Farrer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farrer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Farrer (post 1700)



  • Henry Farrer (1844-1903), English-born American artist known for his watercolor landscapes and etchings
  • 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
  • Reginald Farrer (1880-1920), English botanist, eponym of numerous plants including Allium farreri, Amitostigma farreri, Bulbophyllum farreri and many more
  • Thomas Farrer (1819-1899), 1st Baron Farrer, English statistician, President of the Royal Statistical Society (1894 to 1896)
  • William Farrer (1845-1906), English-born, Australian agricultural scientist, eponym of Farrer, a suburb in the Canberra, Australia
  • Sir Leslie Farrer, Director of London Life Asso c. Ltd
  • Charles Farrer, Private Solicitor to the Queen

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Farrer Historic Events


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Farrer Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Jack F Farrer, British Leading Seaman Able Bodied, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Farrer Family Crest Products


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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. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The Farrer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrer 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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