Origins Available: English
The surname is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Ferras family name, derives one of several place names in Normandy
, such as Ferriers, in Gastonois, Normandy
. The place name in turn, comes from "ferrière," which refers to an "iron works." They were originally a baronial family from Ferrieres, St. Hilary, near Bernai, Normandy. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
And early records of 1096, show William de Ferres was a chief leader in the Crusade.
Early Origins of the Ferras family
The surname Ferras was first found in Staffordshire
, where Henry de Fereres of Ferriers-St. Hilaire, Lord of Longueville, Normandy
was on record in the Domesday Book
of 1086; his castle was at Tutbury, Staffordshire
and he had large holdings in Derbyshire
, as well as lands in 14 other counties. Other early records include a Henry le Ferrur on record in 1196 in the Curia Regis Rolls for that same county. Said to be descendents of Henry de Fereres, the Norman Ferrers family held the earldom of Derby from 1138 to 1266.
Early History of the Ferras family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferras research.Another 364 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1062, 1139, 1138, 1190, 1239, 1279, 1300, 1373, 1445, 1271, 1325, 1299, 1271, 1325, 1423, 1548, 1899, 1138, 1279, 1299, 1325, 1300, 1445 and are included under the topic Early Ferras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ferras 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 Ferris, Ferres, Ferries, Ferras, Farris, Farriss, Faries, de Ferrers, Ferriers, Ferrer and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferras family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferras family to Ireland
Some of the Ferras family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 191 words (14 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 Ferras family to the New World and Oceana
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 Ferras or a variant listed above were: Thomas Ferris, who was on record in Virginia in 1622; Jeffrey Ferris, who came to Boston in 1635; Richard Ferris, who purchased land in 1636 in Virginia.