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The Fergus family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Fergus is derived from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name "Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus as "Fercos."

Fergus Early Origins



The surname Fergus was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway (d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.

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Fergus Spelling Variations


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Fergus Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Fergus has appeared in various documents spelled Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

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Fergus Early History


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Fergus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fergus research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Fergus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fergus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fergus Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fergus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fergus In Ireland


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Fergus In Ireland



Some of the Fergus family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words (12 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


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North Ameri ca. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fergus or a variant listed above:

Fergus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Fergus settled in Boston in 1739
  • James Fergus arrived in North Carolina in 1740
  • James Fergus, who arrived in North Carolina in 1740
  • James Fergus settled in New York in 1774

Fergus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Fergus came to New York, NY in 1822
  • David Fergus, who landed in Cincinnati, Oh in 1822
  • William Fergus, who arrived in New York in 1827
  • Mary, Janet and David Fergus arrived in New York in 1832

Fergus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Christian Fergus came to Quebec in 1820
  • Catherine Fergus' death was registered at Grosse Isle, Quebec in 1847
  • Miss. Bridget Fergus, aged 1 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)
  • Ms. Catherine Fergus, aged 21 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Fergus Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Owen Fergus, aged 41, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fergus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fergus (post 1700)



  • James Fergus (1813-1902), Scottish-born, American miner, rancher, businessman and politician in Minnesota and Montana, founder of Fergus Falls, Minnesota and Fergus County, Montana
  • Tom Fergus (b. 1962), American professional NHL ice hockey player who played 726 regular season games
  • Keith Carlton Fergus (b. 1954), American professional PGA golfer who has had 3 PGA wins
  • Dylan Fergus (b. 1980), American actor, known for Hellbent (2004), Passions (1999) and Come Away with Me (2005)
  • Jim Fergus (b. 1950), American author
  • Thomas Fergus (1815-1914), Scottish-born, New Zealand politician, Minister of Defence (1887-1889), Minister of Justice (1887-1889), Minister of Public Works (1889-1891) and Minister of Education (1889-1891)
  • Dr. John Fergus (1700-1761), Irish physician and man of letters
  • Rev. James Fergus (1895-1989), Irish Catholic priest, Bishop of Achonry
  • Michael Fergus, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorn, Chief of Clan Lyon

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Suggested Readings for the name Fergus


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Suggested Readings for the name Fergus



  • The Gold Rush Widows of Little Falls: A Story Drawn from the Letters of Pamelia and James Fergus by Linda S. Peavy.

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  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Other References

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  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Fergus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fergus 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.

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