Ferriar is an ancient Strathclyde-Briton name for a person who worked as a person who equipped horses. The ferrier was involved in the equipping of horses, from harness to shoes. This occupation
was similar to that of the English blacksmith, however, the ferrier also fashioned the leather pieces of the harness. This occupation was extremely important in the Middle Ages, as horses were the primary mode of transportation. Ferriar is therefore, an occupational
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity.
Early Origins of the Ferriar family
The surname Ferriar was first found in Forfarshire
part of the Tayside region of North Eastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the Ferriar family
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Ferriar Spelling Variations
Surnames that evolved in Scotland
in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations
. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Ferriar has appeared as Ferrier, Ferriers, Ferrair, Ferryar, Feriar, Ferier and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferriar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferriar family to the New World and Oceana
The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan
families back home. Many Scots even fought against England
in the American War of Independence
to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them: Roger Ferrier who settled in Virginia in the year 1700; Charles Ferrier settled in Maryland in 1774; Arthur, Henry James, and Lewis
Ferrier all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1799 and 1866..
The Ferriar 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: Diligentia ditat
Motto Translation: Industry renders rich.