The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Ferborn come from its first bearer, who was a person with attractive, youthful looks, or someone who was noted as having been a beautiful child. The surname Ferborn is derived from the Old English words fair, which means lovely, and bearn, which means child. However, the name Ferborn may also be a local
surname applied to someone from the settlement of Fairbourne in Kent
or Fairburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. In this case, Ferborn belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Ferborn family
The surname Ferborn was first found in North Yorkshire
at Fairburn, a small village and civil parish in the Selby district that dates back to before the Domesday Book
when it was listed as Fareburne c. 1030. A few years later in 1086, the Domesday Book
lists the placename as Fareburne CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "stream where ferns grow," having derived from the Old English fearn + burna. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Ferborn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferborn research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1327, 1644 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Ferborn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferborn 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. Ferborn has been spelled many different ways, including Fairbairn, Fairbairns, Fairbarn, Fairborn, Fairborne and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferborn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferborn 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 Ferborns to arrive in North America: Robert Fairbarn landed in 1763. William Fairbarn joined many of his fellow Fairbarns when he purchased land in Philadelphia in 1835.
The Ferborn 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: Nec cede arduis
Motto Translation: Not high yield