The saga of the Fayrne family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts
. They lived on the land of Fearn in Ross where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Fayrne family
The surname Fayrne was first found in Ross-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland
, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fayrne family
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Fayrne Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Fayrne has been written Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
Early Notables of the Fayrne family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Ferne (ca. 1560-1609), an English writer on heraldry and an eminent lawyer and politician, Member of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fayrne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fayrne family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Fayrne: Elizabeth Fearn settled in New England
in 1767; Felix Fearn settled in Philadelphia in 1877; Henry Ferne settled in Virginia in 1623; Paul Ferne settled in Virginia in 1635.