The origins of the name Ferance are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the given name Farimond.
The surname Ferance originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant
which meant iron-grey.
The surname Ferance was later adopted in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic
suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Ferance family
The surname Ferance was first found in the eastern counties of Norfolk
, Cambridge and Oxfordshire
and it is from this latter shire that we found the first record of the name: Henry Ferant who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. Walter Ferrant was listed in the same census but was found in Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.
Early History of the Ferance family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferance research.Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1580, 1575 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Ferance History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferance Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Ferance has been spelled many different ways, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.
Early Notables of the Ferance family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferance family to Ireland
Some of the Ferance family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ferance family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Ferances to arrive in North America: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.