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Where did the Scottish Fearn family come from? What is the Scottish Fearn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fearn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fearn family history?A family in the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland was the first to use the name Fearn. 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.
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Fearn has been spelled Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fearn research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Fearn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fearn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Fearn:
Fearn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Fearn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Fearn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Fearn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fearn 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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