Ferrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ferrell surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."

Early Origins of the Ferrell family

The surname Ferrell was first found in Leinster, where they were found mainly in County Longford.

Early History of the Ferrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrell research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1235 and 1248 are included under the topic Early Ferrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferrell Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Ferrell family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferrell family (pre 1700)

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United States Ferrell migration to the United States +

The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Ferrell:

Ferrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Katherine Ferrell, who settled in Virginia in 1649
  • Katherine Ferrell, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [1]
  • Hannah Ferrell, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • Bridget Ferrell, who settled in Barbados in 1680
Ferrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Ferrell, who arrived in New England in 1720 [1]
  • Homier Ferrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1749 [1]
Ferrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Ferrell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [1]
  • John I Ferrell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847 [1]
  • James Ferrell, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]
  • John Ferrell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • William Ferrell, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]

New Zealand Ferrell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ferrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Ferrell, (b. 1866), aged 16, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Timaru" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th July 1882 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrell (post 1700) +

  • John William "Will" Ferrell (b. 1967), American Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe nominated actor, comedian, producer, and writer, cast member on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live from Irvine, California, known for his numerous comedy films
  • Conchata Galen Ferrell (1943-2020), American Emmy Award nominated actress, best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for all 12 seasons of the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men
  • John H. Ferrell (1829-1900), American civilian employee of the Union Navy during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor, one of civilians to have received the medal
  • Wesley Cheek "Wes" Ferrell (1908-1976), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1927 to 1976
  • Richard Benjamin "Rick" Ferrell (1905-1995), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1929 to 1947 and later a scout and general manager with the Detroit Tigers, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Rachelle Ferrell (b. 1961), American singer and musician
  • Mary Elizabeth McHughes Ferrell (1922-2004), American historian
  • George Ferrell (b. 1881), American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Berkeley County, 1881; Died in office 1881
  • Frank Ferrell, American politician, Mayor of Sikeston, Missouri, 1973
  • F. Douglas Ferrell, American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1963-66; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mrs. Jean Ferrell (d. 1979), American passenger, from USA aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [3]

The Ferrell 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: Cu reabtha
Motto Translation: The rampaging dog.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx

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