The name Farriwell is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Farriwell is derived from two Old English elements: fæger,
which means fair or beautiful; and well,
which was the name for a spring. There is a parish Farewell
, two miles from Lichfield.
Early Origins of the Farriwell family
The surname Farriwell was first found in Staffordshire
at Farewell, a parish, in the union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred
of Offlow. The earliest record of the place was in 1200 when it was listed as Fagerwell. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Farriwell family
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Farriwell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Farriwell has been spelled many different ways, including Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Farriwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Farriwell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Farriwells to arrive in North America: James Farewell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.