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The name Farwell is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Farwell 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 in Staffordshire, two miles from Lichfield.

Farwell Early Origins



The surname Farwell 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Farwell Spelling Variations


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Farwell Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Farwell were recorded, including Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.

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Farwell Early History


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Farwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farwell research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Farwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Farwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Farwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Farwell family emigrate to North America:

Farwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Farwell, who landed in Massachusetts in 1636

Farwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Roger Farwell, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Farwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Farwell (post 1700)



  • Byron Edgar Farwell (1921-1999), American military historian and biographer
  • Harry W. Farwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Allegany County, 1925
  • Grover C. Farwell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Brookline, 1938; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Brookline, 1956
  • Francis C. II Farwell, American politician, Mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois, 1984-87
  • Eli Farwell, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1835
  • Charles Benjamin Farwell (1823-1903), American Republican politician, Cook County Clerk, 1854-62
  • Albert D. Farwell, American politician, Mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois, 1931-34
  • John Villiers Farwell (1825-1908), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1864, 1908; Mayor of Lake Forest, Illinois, 1871-72
  • Jos. Farwell, American Republican politician, Mayor of Rockland, Maine, 1867-68
  • Mrs. Maco Farwell, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1960
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Farwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farwell 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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