The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Feerhan came from the given names Firmin, Farman or Ferman.
Early Origins of the Feerhan family
The surname Feerhan was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Gateforth, which at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 was known as Gereford, and granted by the King to Ilbert de Lacy. They held a family seat in this ancient village from very early times, which consisted at that time of a church and a few houses, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Feerhan family
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Feerhan Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Feerhan family name include Fireman, Fermin, Firmin, Firmins, Firman, Virman and many more.
Early Notables of the Feerhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feerhan family to Ireland
Some of the Feerhan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Feerhan family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Feerhan surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Firman who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Giles Firmin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634; William Firmins settled in Maryland in 1774.
The Feerhan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Firmus in Christo
Motto Translation: Firm in Christ.