Fearon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish surname Fearon is an Anglicization of a few different Gaelic names, such as "Ó Faracháin," "Ó Fearáin," and "Ó Forannáin."

Early Origins of the Fearon family

The surname Fearon was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.

Important Dates for the Fearon family

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Fearon Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Fearon family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fearon, Feron, Feran, Farren and others.

Early Notables of the Fearon family (pre 1700)

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Fearon migration to the United States

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Fearon family in North America:

Fearon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Fearon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Robert Fearon, who arrived in America in 1796 [1]
Fearon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Fearon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • George Fearon, aged 31, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • George and Robert Fearon, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1813
  • Joseph Fearon, aged 36, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • George and Henry Fearon, who arrived in Philadelphia during the Potato Famine in 1842 and 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fearon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fearon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Fearon, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Catherine Fearon, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mary Fearon, aged 5, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Mrs. Ann Fearon, aged 33 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September [2]
  • Mr. Patrick Fearon, aged 3 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September [2]

Fearon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fearon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Fearon, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [3]

Fearon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fearon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Capt. Edward Fearon, (b. 1813), aged 29, British settler born in Hackney travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [4]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Fearon née Ward, (b. 1811), aged 31, British settler born in Devon travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [4]
  • Miss Elizabeth Fearon, (b. 1842), aged Infant, British settler born aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [4]
  • Mr. Henry Fearon, (b. 1839), aged 35, Irish farm servant, from Armagh travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Oamaru" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th February 1875 [4]
  • Henry Fearon, aged 34, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

Contemporary Notables of the name Fearon (post 1700)

  • James Fearon, American political scientist
  • Hugh P. Fearon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 5th District, 1920 [5]
  • George Randolph Fearon (1883-1976), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Onondaga County 3rd District, 1916-20; Member of New York State Senate 38th District, 1921-36 [5]
  • Blair Fearon, Otorhinolaryngologist, Sick Children's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Ray Fearon (b. 1967), British stage actor
  • Phil Fearon (b. 1956), British record producer
  • Martin Fearon (b. 1988), English footballer
  • John Turner Fearon (1869-1937), first editor of the Sunday Mercury
  • George R. Fearon (1883-1976), President pro tem of the New York State Senate 1931-1932
  • Fearon Fallows (1789-1831), English astronomer, astronomer to King George IV

Historic Events for the Fearon family

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 27)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/lordraglan1854.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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