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The Anglo-Saxon name Fearnley comes from the family having resided in a forest glade carpeted with ferns. The name Fearnley is derived from two Old English elements: fearn, the old English word for ferns, and leah, a word for a clearing in a forest.

Fearnley Early Origins



The surname Fearnley was first found in Farnley, a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire. This place name dates back to c. 1030 and was originally spelt Fernleage eluding to its Saxon heritage. There were three listings of separate villages in the Domesday Book of 1086: Fernelai; Fernelei; and Fereleia. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
All were in the same area of Yorkshire. There are two Farnley Halls each with different origins but neither were held by the Fearnley family. Alternatively, the name could have originated in Derbyshire at Fernilee, a township, in the parish of Hope, union of Chapel-en-le-Frith, hundred of High-Peak that was originally spelt Ferneley in the 12th century. Both place names literally mean "woodland clearing where ferns grow," from the Old English words "fearn" + "leah." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Some of the first records of the name include: Hugh de Fernlee who was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Worcestershire in 1206; and Hugh de Fernelay who was listed in Yorkshire in 1316. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 had the following entries: Johannes de Farnelay, living at Fernelay; Johannes de Fernelee; Margeria de Fernelee; and Johanna de Ferenlowe. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Fearnley Spelling Variations


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Fearnley Spelling Variations



Fearnley has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Fearnley, Fernlie, Fernley and others.

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Fearnley Early History


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Fearnley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fearnley research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fearnley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fearnley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fearnley Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fearnley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Fearnley, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • George Fearnley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880
  • Betty Fearnley arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fearnley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fearnley (post 1700)



  • Rose Fearnley, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1948
  • Charles Duncan Fearnley (1940-1962), English former first-class cricketer who played for Worcestershire (1962-1968)
  • Albert Fearnley (1924-1999), English rugby league footballer and coach
  • James Fearnley (b. 1954), English musician who plays accordion in the folk/punk band The Pogue
  • Thomas Fearnley (1729-1798), English immigrant from Hull, England to Frederikshald in Norway in 1753 where he became founder of one of the largest shipping companies, eponym of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Stanley "Stan" Fearnley (b. 1947), English professional rugby league footballer who played from 1964 to 1977, Member of the England National Team in 1975
  • Henry "Harry" Fearnley (1935-2013), English professional footballer who played from 1952 to 1967
  • Harrison "Harry" Fearnley (1923-2012), English professional footballer who played from 1946 to 1956
  • Kurt Harry Fearnley OAM (b. 1981), Australian eight-time gold medalist, seven-time silver medalist wheelchair racer
  • Nils Olav Young Fearnley (1881-1961), Norwegian businessperson and landowner, son of Thomas Fearnley (1841-1927)
  • ... (Another 5 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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Fearnley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fearnley 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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