Today's generation of the Fearny family inherits a name that was first used by the Scottish tribe known as the
. The first family to use the name Fearny lived in the lands of Fernie in
where the name can be found since very early times.
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fearny research.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Fearny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Fearny has appeared Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Fearny: John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623. William Fernie landed in New England
in 1654. Many of the Fernie name purchased land in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..