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Ference is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the given name Farimond. The surname Ference originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant which meant iron-grey. The surname Ference 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, sunu and sune, 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 or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Ference Early Origins



The surname Ference 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.

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Ference Spelling Variations


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Ference Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ference has been recorded under many different variations, including Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.

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Ference Early History


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Ference Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ference research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1580, 1575 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Ference History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ference Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ference Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ference Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ference In Ireland


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Ference In Ireland



Some of the Ference 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.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ference or a variant listed above:

Ference Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jan Ference, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1895
  • Josef Ference, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Ference Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Ference, aged 29, who landed in America from Burnbank, Scotland, in 1908

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ference (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ference (post 1700)



  • Michael Ference Jr. (1911-1996), American Democrat politician, University professor; Scientist; Vice-president for research, Ford Motor Company; Member of Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1960-63
  • Brad Ference (b. 1979), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Andrew James Stewart Ference (b. 1979), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman, Stanley Cup champion

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Ference Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ference Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 15:54.

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