Farthing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Farthing name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Farthing was originally a name given to someone who worked as a traveling warrior or mercenary. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries.

Early Origins of the Farthing family

The surname Farthing was first found in Devon where this ancient Anglo Saxon name was derived from the name Faerthegn and, immediately before the Norman Conquest as Farthein. The name was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Fardan or Fardein. [1]

Early History of the Farthing family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farthing research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1700, 1743, 1723, 1736, 1786, 1787, 1838, 1782, 1865, 1801 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Farthing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Farthing 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 Farthing 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 Farthing include: Farthing, Fayting, Farthen, Farden, Fardon, Varthing, Vaytin, Fairthing, Fardin, Farthin and many more.

Early Notables of the Farthing family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Fardon I (1700-1743), an English clockmaker was apprenticed to Thomas Gilkes of Sibford Gower and traded in Deddington from about 1723. His only son John Fardon II (1736-1786) was only 10 years old when his father died and seems to have been apprenticed in London. He and his...
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United States Farthing 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 Farthing or a variant listed above:

Farthing Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Barr Farthing, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • Robert and Bertha Farthing, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Farthing, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [2]
  • Barth Farthing, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Joane Farthing, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Farthing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Farthing, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808

Canada Farthing migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Farthing Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Cyrus Farthing, who settled in Herring Neck in Newfoundland in 1871 [3]

Australia Farthing migration to Australia +

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

Farthing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Farthing, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Henry Farthing, (b. 1811), aged 23, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for 14 years for highway robbery, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Elizabeth Farthing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [6]
  • Francis Farthing, aged 48, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

New Zealand Farthing migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Farthing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Farthing, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Zealandia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th December 1863 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Farthing (post 1700) +

  • Major-General William Eugene Farthing (1892-1964), American Commanding General Atlantic Overseas Air Technical Service Command (1943-1945) [8]
  • W. S. Farthing, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 35th District, 1889 [9]
  • W. H. Farthing, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 30th District, 1895 [9]
  • Paul Farthing (b. 1887), American Democrat politician, St. Clair County Judge, 1930-33; Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1933-42; Chief Justice of Illinois State Supreme Court, 1937-38; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936 [9]
  • James Colly Farthing (1913-1967), American Democrat politician, Solicitor, 16th Solicitorial District, 1947-57; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1948, 1956; Superior Court Judge in North Carolina, 1957-67; Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1967 [9]
  • Edyth R. Farthing (1896-1977), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1960 [9]
  • Chester H. Farthing, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940 [9]
  • Walter John Farthing (1887-1954), British Labour Party politician
  • Dan Farthing (b. 1969), former Canadian Football League wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Hugh Cragg Farthing (1892-1969), Canadian politician in Alberta
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Farthing, aged 57, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat [10]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  6. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) William Farthing. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Farthing/William_Eugene/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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