name Fayrance comes from the given name Farimond.
The surname Fayrance originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Fayrance was later adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Fayrance family
The surname Fayrance was first found in the eastern counties of Norfolk
, Cambridge and Oxfordshire
and it is from this latter shire that we found the first record of the name: Henry Ferant who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Walter Ferrant was listed in the same census but was found in Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.
Early History of the Fayrance family
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Fayrance 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 Fayrance were recorded, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Fayrance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fayrance family to Ireland
Some of the Fayrance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fayrance family to the New World and Oceana
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 Fayrance family emigrate to North America: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.