Fermery History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fermery family

The surname Fermery was first found in Leicestershire, where they were granted lands by their liege lord, William the Conqueror. The name Fermery is a shortened form of the Old French word "enfermerie," meaning "infirmary" and the first bearer of the name probably either worked in an infirmary, or lived near one.

Early History of the Fermery family

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Fermery Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Farmery, Fermery, Firmery, Fermerie, Farmory, Farmarie, Firmarie, Fermeria and many more.

Early Notables of the Fermery family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Farmery (d. 1590), an English physician, a native of Lincolnshire who matriculated as a pensioner of King's College, Cambridge, in November 1561. He seems to have practised medicine in London, as an...
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Migration of the Fermery family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Fermery name or one of its variants: the $ family who established themselves on the east coast of North America.

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