Firnie was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The ancestors of the Firnie family lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Firnie family
The surname Firnie 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 Firnie family
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Firnie Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Firnie has appeared Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Firnie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Firnie family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Firnie: 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..