The saga of the Feernay family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts
. They lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Feernay family
The surname Feernay was first found in Fife
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
Early History of the Feernay family
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Feernay Spelling Variations
Although Medieval Scotland
lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations
of Scottish single names. Feernay has been written Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Feernay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Feernay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan
societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Feernay: 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..