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Fernay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, French, Scottish


When the ancestors of the Fernay family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Buckinghamshire.

Early Origins of the Fernay family


The surname Fernay was first found in Buckinghamshire, when they arrived from Vernai a parish in the arrondisement of Bayeaux in Normandy.

Early History of the Fernay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernay research.
Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1419 and 1465 are included under the topic Early Fernay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fernay Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Fernay has been recorded under many different variations, including Varney, Verney and others.

Early Notables of the Fernay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Fernay family to Ireland


Some of the Fernay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Fernay family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Fernays were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: E. Varney settled in Belfast, Maine, in 1822; H.J. Varney arrived in San Francisco in 1852.

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