Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Ferriss family. Their 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."
Early Origins of the Ferriss family
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.
Early History of the Ferriss family
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Ferriss Spelling Variations
spelling variations. Ferriss has been written as Fergus, Fergie, Forgie, Forgus, Ferris, Farris and many more.
Early Notables of the Ferriss family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ferriss family to Ireland
Some of the Ferriss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Ferriss family to the New World and Oceana
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Ferriss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Ferriss (post 1700)
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