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Ferris comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus", which is in turn derived from the Gaelic personal name "Fearghus," composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," meaning "vigor" or "force." This Gaelic name was found early in both Ireland and Scotland. The name is a cognate of with the Cymric "Gwr-gwst," Old Bret. "Urorgost" and the Pictish word "Forcus." This last Pictish form of the name is found on a monument at St. Vigeans in Angus as "Fercos."

Ferris Early Origins



The surname Ferris was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), Ireland where St. Fergus (Fergustian) (circa 730 AD) was an Irish bishop, who went to Scotland as a missionary. He settled near Strageath and founded three churches in Strogeth and two in Caithness. It is possible that he was the Fergustus Pictus who went to Rome in 721 AD. According to Irish lore, a family of this name descend from Fergus, Prince of Galloway (d. 1161), who is said to have married a daughter of Henry I of England.

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Ferris Spelling Variations


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Ferris Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Ferris has appeared as Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.

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Ferris Early History


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Ferris Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferris research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1466, 1499, and 1582 are included under the topic Early Ferris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ferris Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ferris Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ferris In Ireland


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Ferris In Ireland



Some of the Ferris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Ferris or a variant listed above:

Ferris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Ferris was on record in Virginia in 1622
  • Jeffrey Ferris came to Boston in 1635
  • Jeffrey Ferris, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Rich Ferris, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Ferris purchased land in 1636 in Virginia
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferris Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Ferris Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Thomas Ferris, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Benjamin Ferris was a bonded passenger who arrived in America in 1721

Ferris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William and Ann Ferris arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • William Ferris, who landed in America in 1805
  • George Ferris, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Margaret Ferris, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Charles Ferris, who landed in New Jersey in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferris Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John and Mary Ferris and their 12 children arrived in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Joseph Ferris, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Ferris U.E. (b. 1744) born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA who settled in Indian Island, West Isles, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport he died in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Joseph Ferris U.E. from Newtown, Connecticut, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 passenger aboard the Union Transport [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Joshua Ferris U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 1st Battalion [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferris Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elijah Ferris, who arrived in Canada in 1838
  • Mr. Patrick Ferris, aged 5 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virginius" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)
  • Mr. Thomas Ferris, aged 4 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Ferris Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • G Ferris, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Mrs. Ferris, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Ferris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Ferris arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
  • Emma Ferris arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
  • John Ferris arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
  • Mary Jane Ferris arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
  • Thomas Ferris arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ferris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bernard Ferris landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Ferris, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Mary Ferris, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • William Ferris, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Edward Ferris, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferris (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ferris (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Benjamin Greeley Ferris (1892-1982), American Director of Civil Affairs Division, European Command (1949-1951)
  • William D. Ferris (b. 1961), American amateur astronomer and a television producer/director
  • Andrew C. Ferris, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 3rd District, 1917
  • Alice Moss Ferris, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1928, 1940
  • Abram Ferris (1786-1857), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1837-38; Defeated, 1838
  • A. F. Ferris, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1900
  • Ann Ferris, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1949
  • Augustus F. Ferris, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County, 1824
  • Benjamin Ferris, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1805-08
  • Benjamin Ferris, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County, 1807-08, 1824
  • ... (Another 50 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ferris Historic Events


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Ferris Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Ferris, Irish Assistant Steward from Fenit, Kerry, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Ferris (d. 1912), aged 38, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Ferris


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Suggested Readings for the name Ferris



  • Ancestors and Descendants of James Edward McCreight and Barabara Jean Ferris by James Edward McCreight.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  11. ...

The Ferris Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ferris 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.

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