The Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
were the ancestors of first people to use the name Feirn. The name was found on the land of Fearn in Ross where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Feirn family
The surname Feirn was first found in Ross-shire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland
, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Feirn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feirn research.Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1267, 1500, 1578, 1560, 1609, 1604, 1609, 1602 and 1662 are included under the topic Early Feirn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Feirn Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Feirn has appeared Ferns, Fearn, Fearns, Fearne, Fern, Ferne and others.
Early Notables of the Feirn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was Sir John Ferne (ca. 1560-1609), an English writer on heraldry and an eminent lawyer and politician, Member of... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Feirn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Feirn family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Feirn: Elizabeth Fearn settled in New England
in 1767; Felix Fearn settled in Philadelphia in 1877; Henry Ferne settled in Virginia in 1623; Paul Ferne settled in Virginia in 1635.