The story of the Firney family begins in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish clans. The Firney family lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Firney family
The surname Firney was first found in Fife
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
Early History of the Firney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firney research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Firney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Firney Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Firney has appeared Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Firney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firney family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Firney name: John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623. William Fernie landed in New England
in 1654. Many of the Fernie name purchased land in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..