Ferris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Ferris surname comes from the Irish Gaelic Ó Fearghuis or Ó Fearghasa, meaning "descendant of Fearghus," a Gaelic personal name composed of the elements "fear," meaning "man," and "gus," thought to mean "vigor," or "force." Fearghus was the name of an early Irish mythological King of Ulster, a valiant warrior said to have been shipwrecked off the coast of Northern Ireland c. AD 320, at the place known as Carrickfergus ("rock of Fergus").

Early Origins of the Ferris family

The surname Ferris was first found in Connacht, especially in County Mayo, where they held the Parish of Burrishoole in 1303, and were hereditary physicians to the powerful O'Malleys.

Early History of the Ferris family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ferris research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1571 is included under the topic Early Ferris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ferris Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fergus, O'Fergus, Fargus, O'Fargus, Ferris, Ferguson and many more.

Early Notables of the Ferris family (pre 1700)

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United States Ferris migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ferris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Ferris was on record in Virginia in 1622
  • Jeffrey Ferris, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Jeffrey Ferris, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Rich Ferris, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • Thomas Ferris, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1709 [1]
  • 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, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
  • William Ferris, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • George Ferris, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Margaret Ferris, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Charles Ferris, who landed in New Jersey in 1811 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ferris migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Ferris U.E. from Newtown, Connecticut, USA who settled in Canada c. 1784 passenger aboard the Union Transport [2]
  • Mr. Joshua Ferris U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 1st Battalion [2]
  • ... (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 immigrated 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 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Ferris, aged 4 who immigrated 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 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Ferris, aged 20 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing 17th June 1847 from Belfast, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but he died on board [4]
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

Australia Ferris migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ferris Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Ferris, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Meshack Ferris, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Elizabeth Ferris, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851 [7]
  • Emma Ferris, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851 [7]
  • John Ferris, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tory" in 1851 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Ferris 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:

Ferris Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Bernard Ferris, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mrs. Janet Ferris, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Paria" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th January 1866 [8]
  • Mr. Timothy Ferris, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Paria" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th January 1866 [8]
  • Henry Ferris, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Mary Ferris, aged 24, who 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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ferris (post 1700) +

  • John Edward Ferris (1949-2020), American four-time gold medallist competition swimmer, Olympic medallist, and one time world record-holder
  • Brigadier-General Benjamin Greeley Ferris (1892-1982), American Director of Civil Affairs Division, European Command (1949-1951) [9]
  • William D. Ferris (b. 1961), American amateur astronomer and a television producer/director
  • George W Ferris (1859-1896), American bridge builder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who build the world's first Ferris wheel for the Chicago World's fair of 1893
  • Audrey Ferris (1909-1990), American singer, dancer and actor from Los Angeles, California
  • Jean Ferris (b. 1939), American children's author/illustrator
  • Walter Ferris (b. 1886), American screenwriter
  • Woodbridge Nathan Ferris (1853-1928), American educator and statesman from New York
  • Andrew C. Ferris, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 3rd District, 1917 [10]
  • Alice Moss Ferris, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1928, 1940 [10]
  • ... (Another 51 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Arnold Ferris (d. 1945), British Warrant Officer Engineer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Ferris, Irish Assistant Steward from Fenit, Kerry, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
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 [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Ferris +

  • 1423 Ancestors and Descendants of James Edward McCreight and Barabara Jean Ferris by James Edward McCreight.

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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. 75)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TORY 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Tory.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, February 29) Benjamin Ferris. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Ferris/Benjamin_Greeley/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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