The name Fermin has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon
name that was originally derived from the given names Firmin, Farman or Ferman.
Early Origins of the Fermin family
The surname Fermin was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
at Gateforth, which at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book
in 1086 was known as Gereford, and granted by the King to Ilbert de Lacy. They held a family seat in this ancient village from very early times, which consisted at that time of a church and a few houses, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Fermin family
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Fermin Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Fermin include Fireman, Fermin, Firmin, Firmins, Firman, Virman and many more.
Early Notables of the Fermin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fermin family to Ireland
Some of the Fermin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Fermin family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Firman who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630; Giles Firmin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634; William Firmins settled in Maryland in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Fermin (post 1700)
- Anna Fermin, American folk/country singer and songwriter
- Ramón Antonio Fermín Ventura (b. 1972), Dominican Republic former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
- Claudio Eloy Fermín Maldonado (1950-1989), Venezuelan politician, Mayor of Libertador Municipality (1989–1993)
- Félix José Fermín Minaya (b. 1963), Dominican Republic former Major League Baseball shortstop
- Fermin Solis Campos (b. 1972), Spanish cartoonist, animator, and illustrator
The Fermin 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: Firmus in Christo
Motto Translation: Firm in Christ.