Show ContentsFraher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Fraher was O Fearchair, derived from the word "fearchar," which means "man deer."

Early Origins of the Fraher family

The surname Fraher was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Fraher family

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Fraher Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Fraher can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Faragher, Faraugher, Fraher, Farraher and others.

Early Notables of the Fraher family (pre 1700)

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Fraher Ranking

In the United States, the name Fraher is the 15,515th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Canada Fraher migration to Canada +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Fraher name:

Fraher Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Fraher, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Virginias" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. 29) on Facebook