Show ContentsFarrier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Farrier family

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]

Early History of the Farrier family

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Farrier Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Farrier family (pre 1700)

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Farrier Ranking

In the United States, the name Farrier is the 16,955th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Farrier family to Ireland

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

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 [3]
  • James R Farrier, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Margaret Farrier, aged 29, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Sandonn, England, in 1907
  • Ivy Farrier, aged 3, who immigrated 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Farrier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Farrier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Farrier, who arrived in Canada in 1815

Australia Farrier migration to Australia +

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

Farrier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Isabella Farrier, (Ferrier), (b. 1811), aged 18, Irish cotton spinner who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Edward" on 1st January 1829, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1876 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Farrier (post 1700) +

  • 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 [5]
  • George H. Farrier, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1872-73, 1882 [5]
  • Robert Farrier (1796-1879), English painter
  • Ancil Brandon Farrier (b. 1986), Trinidad and Tobago association football player

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th November 2021). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 25) . Retrieved from on Facebook