The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Farridge is the Scottish surname MacFergus,
which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name
"Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland
. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus
Early Origins of the Farridge family
The surname Farridge was first found in Galloway
(Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown
(West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland
where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland
as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness
. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway
(d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.
Early History of the Farridge family
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Farridge Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Farridge include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
Early Notables of the Farridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farridge family to Ireland
Some of the Farridge family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Farridge family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Farridge, or a variant listed above: Owen Fergus, who settled in Boston in 1739; James Fergus, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740; another James Fergus, who settled in New York in 1774.
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