Ferebee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ferebee family

The surname Ferebee was first found in Lincolnshire where John de Ferieby was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212. Later, William de Feriby was listed in Berkshire in 1301 and Wylliam Feraby was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1524. [1]

South Ferriby is a parish, in the union of Glandford-Brigg, N. division of the wapentake of Yarborough, parts of Lindsey, in Lincolnshire and North Ferriby is a parish, in the county of the town of Hull, union of Sculcoates, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. "A priory of Knights Templars founded here by Lord Eustace de Vesci, of Bromfleet, was, at the suppression of that order, converted into a priory of Augustine canons. " [2]

Early History of the Ferebee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferebee research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1106, 1432, 1455, 1487, 1613, 1573, 1589, 1591, 1592, 1595 and 1613 are included under the topic Early Ferebee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferebee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Ferebee have been found, including Fereby, Ferby, Furby, Ferbie, Furbie, Fearby, Fearbie, Fireby, Firby and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferebee family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Ferebee, or Feribye, or Ferrabee ( fl. 1613), an English composer from Gloucestershire. He was the son of a Gloucestershire yeoman, was born about 1573, and matriculated at Oxford 25 Oct. 1589, aged 16. " He was a chorister of Magdalen College until 1591. He was admitted B.A. 1592, licensed to be M.A. 9 July 1595, and became vicar of Bishop's Cannings, Wiltshire. Wood relates how Ferebe found and ingeniously made use of an opportunity to display his...
Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ferebee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ferebee migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Ferebee, or a variant listed above:

Ferebee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • F. Ferebee, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Frand B. Ferebee, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Maud Celesta Ferebee, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferebee (post 1700) +

  • Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee (1898-1980), African-American physician and activist
  • Thomas W. Ferebee (1918-2000), American bombardier aboard the Enola Gay, that dropped the atomic bomb, "Little Boy", on Hiroshima in 1945
  • William Ferebee, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Currituck County, 1782-83 [3]
  • Joseph Ferebee, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Currituck County, 1795-96 [3]
  • George Ferebee, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for South Dakota State Senate 30th District, 2010 [3]
  • London R. Ferebee (1849-1883), African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church preacher and author
  • Edwin Ferebee Aydlett (1857-1930), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1912, 1916 [4]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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