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The name Farrier is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who 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.

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The surname Farrier 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]

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Farrier are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Farrier include Farrar, Farrer, Farror, Farrough, Farrow, Farrowe, Varrow, Varrowe, Varow, Vairow, Varer and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrier 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 Farrier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farrier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Farrier 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.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Farrier or a variant listed above:

Farrier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Emanuel Farrier, who landed in New York in 1845
  • James R Farrier, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Margaret Farrier, aged 29, who emigrated to America, in 1895
  • Helen Farrier, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1895

Farrier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Dick Farrier, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Elush Farrier, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Sandonn, England, in 1907
  • Ivy Farrier, aged 3, who emigrated to the United States from Sandonn, England, in 1907
  • Helen Farrier, aged 60, who landed in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1908
  • Mary L. Farrier, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1911


Farrier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Farrier, who arrived in Canada in 1815

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  • Frederick T. Farrier (b. 1972), former American college football player and coach
  • Nelson G. Farrier (b. 1887), American Republican politician, Montmorency County Treasurer, 1913-16; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Presque Isle District, 1917-28
  • George H. Farrier, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1872-73, 1882
  • Robert Farrier (1796-1879), English painter
  • Ancil Brandon Farrier (b. 1986), Trinidad and Tobago association football player


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

Other References

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  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Farrier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrier 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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