Fernee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Fernee 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 Fernee family

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

Early History of the Fernee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernee research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1419, 1465, 1478, 1465, 1563, 1630, 1586, 1642, 1620, 1648, 1613, 1696, 1661, 1649, 1668, 1640, 1717, 1590, 1642, 1590, 1599, 1616, 1649, 1613, 1696, 1584 and 1615 are included under the topic Early Fernee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fernee Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Varney, Verney and others.

Early Notables of the Fernee family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Ralph Verney (d. 1478), Lord Mayor of London in 1465; Sir Richard Verney (1563-1630), an English landowner and politician; Greville Verney, 7th Baron Willoughby de Broke and de jure 15th Baron Latimer (1586-1642), an English politician; Greville Verney, 8th Baron Willoughby de Broke and de jure 16th Baron Latimer (ca. 1620-1648), an English peer; Sir Ralph Verney (1613-1696), created 1st Baronet Verney of Middle Claydon in 1661; Greville Verney, 9th Baron Willoughby de Broke and de jure 17th Baron Latimer (1649-1668), an English peer; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Fernee family to Ireland

Some of the Fernee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Fernee migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Fernee or a variant listed above were:

Fernee Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George Fernee, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [1]
  • Amy Fernee, aged 25, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1914 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Southampton, England [2]
  • George Fernee, aged 53, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Orduna" from Liverpool, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Fernee (post 1700) +

  • Ashley Fernee (b. 1977), former Australian rules footballer who played for Adelaide in 1996

The Fernee 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: Ung tout seul
Motto Translation: Only one.

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