Ferren History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Ferren thought to be of Norman heritage. It is a name for a person who was a person with gray hair, or who habitually dressed in gray. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old French word, ferrant, which means gray (a reference to the color of iron). Another derivation suggests that the name is a corruption of Ferrant, the Old French form of Ferdinand. Time has confused the different derivations, and it is now extremely difficult to tell which is appropriate in a given situation.

Early Origins of the Ferren family

The surname Ferren was first found in Yorkshire where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror and appointed to the Wardenship of Skipton Castle, for the Cliffords, the chief tenants shown in the Domesday Book. They were under the protection and patronage of the ancient Earl of Albermarle.

Important Dates for the Ferren family

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Ferren 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 Ferrant, Ferrand, Ferand, Ferrante and others.

Early Notables of the Ferren family (pre 1700)

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Ferren migration to the United States

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 Ferren or a variant listed above were:

Ferren Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emma Ferren, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1895 aboard the ship "Berlin" from Southampton, England [1]
Ferren Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Ferren, aged 21, originally from Donegal, Ireland arrived in New York City in 1900 aboard the ship "Ethiopia" from Londonderry, Ireland [2]
  • Abelardo Ferren, aged 19, originally from Macanjos, Cuba, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Havana" from Havana, Cuba [3]
  • Bridget Eileen Ferren, aged 45, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Lucy Ferren, aged 23, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caroline" from Bordeaux, France [5]
  • Domenico Ferren, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "President Wilson" from Trieste, Italy [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferren (post 1700)

  • John Ferren (1905-1970), American artist
  • Bran Ferren (b. 1953), American technologist, artist, architectural designer, vehicle designer and engineer, former President of Research and Development of Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Phil Ferren, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Iowa 3rd District, 1998
  • Carlyle Ferren MacIntyre (1890-1967), American poet who was awarded Fulbright Fellowships in 1948 and 1953

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Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX3D-FYX : 6 December 2014), Emma Ferren, 04 Nov 1895; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Berlin, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX8D-J2Z : 6 December 2014), Mary Ferren, 09 May 1900; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, ship name Ethiopia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXYK-9PB : 6 December 2014), Abelardo Ferren, 05 May 1909; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-RT1 : 6 December 2014), Bridget Eileen Ferren, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HF-D65 : 6 December 2014), Lucy Ferren, 20 Dec 1920; citing departure port Bordeaux, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Caroline, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6JM-V57 : 6 December 2014), Domenico Ferren, 04 Jul 1921; citing departure port Trieste, arrival port New York, ship name President Wilson, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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