Fernihough History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Fernihough family

The surname Fernihough was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor close to the Cheshire border. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1332 when Adam de Fernyhough held estates.

Important Dates for the Fernihough family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fernihough research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1383, 1455, 1487, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Fernihough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fernihough Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Fernihough has been recorded under many different variations, including Fernihough, Ferneyhough, Fernyhough, Fearnyhough, Fernyough, Ferniho, Fernow, Fernihalgh and many more.

Early Notables of the Fernihough family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Fernihough family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Fernihough or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Fernihough (post 1700)

  • Eric Crudgington Fernihough (1905-1938), British motorcycle racer in the 1927 Isle of Man TT, killed while attempting to break the motorcycle land-speed record at Gyón, Hungary
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