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Early Origins of the Ferree family

The surname Ferree was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat at Rutherglen from early times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. An ancient couplet says "nae man can tell, nae man has seen, when the Faries Haena in Ruglen been." A rough translation of this couplet: "no man can remember when there hasn't been a family of Faries at Rutherglen." [1]

Early History of the Ferree family

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Ferree Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fairie, Fairrie, Farie, Fairey, Ferry, Ferrie, Fairy, Faireye and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferree family

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Ferree Ranking

In the United States, the name Ferree is the 8,934th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Ferree family to Ireland

Some of the Ferree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Ferree migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferree Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phillis Ferree, aged 21, who landed in Maryland in 1686 [3]
Ferree Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Maria Warenbur Ferree, who arrived in New York in 1708 [3]
  • Mary Warrenbuer Ferree, who landed in New York in 1708 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferree (post 1700) +

  • Jim Ferree (1931-2023), American professional PGA golfer, winner of the 1958 Vancouver Open Invitational and the 1991 Bell Atlantic Classic
  • Myra Marx Ferree (b. 1949), American professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Arris Idyl "A.I." Ferree (1890-1965), American politician and attorney, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (1925 and 1943)
  • Benjy Ferree (b. 1974), American singer/songwriter from Prince George's County, Maryland
  • George C. Ferree, American politician, Postmaster at Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1850-52
  • Arris I. Ferree, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1932, 1948 (alternate); Lawyer; Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1944
  • Joel Ferree Bedell Jr. (1905-1992), American Democratic Party politician, Public affairs representative, Humble Oil and Refining Company; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1961-66; Defeated, 1966 [4]

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook