The tale of the name Fernie begins with a family who lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Fernie family
The surname Fernie was first found in Fife
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
Early History of the Fernie family
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Fernie Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Fernie has been spelled Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Fernie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fernie family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Fernie:
Fernie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623
- William Fernie, who landed in New England in 1654
Fernie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza Fernie, aged 32, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
Fernie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Betsie Fernie, aged 28, a housekeeper, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Cuthbert W. Fernie, aged under 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Francis G. Fernie, aged 33, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
- Alexander Fernie, aged 26, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Fernie (post 1700)
- Eric Campbell Fernie CBE FRSE FBA FSA Scot (b. 1939), Scottish art historian
- William "Willie" Fernie (1857-1924), Scottish golfer and course designer who designed The Dumfries and County Golf Club in 1912
- William "Willie" Fernie (1928-2011), Scottish footballer who played from 1948 to 1965, member of the Scottish League XI National Team 1953 to 1958 and member of the Scotland National Team from 1954 to 1958
- Lynne Fernie (b. 1946), Canadian filmmaker, best known as the co-director of the award-winning 1992 documentary film Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives
- William Fernie, Scottish prospector to early Canada, namesake of Fernie, British Columbia
- Maxwell Fernie OBE (1910-1999), New Zealand organist, teacher and conductor