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The surname Fernald was first found in Ile-de-France, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of Paris and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Vernet, Verneto, Varnot, Vorne, Verney, Fornet, Forner, Forneret, Fornerat, Vernett, Vernette, Vernay, Fernet and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernald research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1575 is included under the topic Early Fernald History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Fernald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fernald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Reginald Fernald, who arrived in Maine in 1626
  • Renald Fernald, who landed in Maine in 1626

Fernald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Fernald, who arrived in New England in 1701

Fernald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • S Fernald, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • George Fernald, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Louise Fernald, aged 23, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Fernald Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mrs D M Fernald, aged 57, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Frederick Fernald, aged 46, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Charles E. Fernald, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Bessie Fernald, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Josephine Fernald, who landed in America, in 1908


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  • Theodore B. Fernald, American linguist
  • Grace Fernald, American Pioneer in Literacy Instruction
  • Bert Manfred Fernald (1858-1926), United States Senator
  • Anne Fernald, American psychologist
  • Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950), American botanist
  • Ivan Christiaan Fernald (b. 1955), Suriname politician


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  2. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Fernald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fernald 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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