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The chronicles of Scottish history reveal that the first people to use the name Ferrier were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for 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. Ferrier is therefore, an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational 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.

Ferrier Early Origins



The surname Ferrier 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.

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Ferrier Spelling Variations


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Ferrier Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Ferrier has been spelled Ferrier, Ferriers, Ferrair, Ferryar, Feriar, Ferier and many more.

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Ferrier Early History


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Ferrier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferrier research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1301 and 1st are included under the topic Early Ferrier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ferrier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferrier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ferrier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Ferrier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Ferrier, who arrived in America in 1620
  • Thomas Ferrier, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Ferrier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Roger Ferrier settled in Virginia in the year 1700
  • Pierre Ferrier settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Pierre Ferrier, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Charles Ferrier, aged 21, settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Charles Ferrier settled in Maryland in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferrier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Ferrier settled in Philadelphia in 1803
  • James Ferrier, aged 24, settled in New Castle and later in Philadelphia in 1805
  • Jules Marins Ferrier, aged 18, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Juan Ferrier, aged 26, landed in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Andrew Ferrier, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferrier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Ferrier, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Charlotte Ferrier, aged 36, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Abraham Ferrier, aged 9, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Ferrier, aged 5, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Ferrier, aged 2, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferrier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Ferrier, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire"
  • George Ferrier, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Charlotte Ferrier, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Fanny Ferrier, aged 8, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • Jane Ferrier, aged 6, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferrier (post 1700)



  • John Ferrier (1759-1836), British officer in the Royal Navy who served during the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
  • Sir David Ferrier (1843-1924), Scottish neurologist and psychologist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at the age of 33 in 1876, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1877
  • James Frederick Ferrier (1808-1864), Scottish metaphysical writer
  • Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854), Scottish novelist
  • Scott Ferrier (b. 1974), Australian former decathlete, he competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games
  • Kathleen Gertrud Ferrier (b. 1957), former Dutch politician, Member of the House of Representatives (Netherlands) (2002-2012)
  • Paul Ferrier (1843-1920), French dramatist
  • John Todd Ferrier (1855-1943), English founder of the Order of the Cross
  • Johan Henri Eliza Ferrier (1910-2010), Surinamese politician, 1st President of Suriname (1975-1980)
  • Walter Frederick Ferrier (1865-1950), Canadian geologist and mining engineer, eponym of the the mineral Ferrierite
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ferrier Historic Events


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Ferrier Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. David Ferrier, British Air Artificer 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Alexander Hubert Buxton Ferrier, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Pendicton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Beata Elizabeth Margaret Ferrier, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Pendicton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Miss Sheila Ferrier, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Pendleton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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    The Ferrier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferrier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 September 2016 at 21:46.

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