MacFarquhar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name MacFarquhar is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair, which means 'son of Farquhar'. Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar, which means 'very dear one'. So, the name means 'son of the very dear one'.
Early Origins of the MacFarquhar family
The surname MacFarquhar was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. They claim descent from Farquhar Mackintosh who arrived in Braemar in 1382. The Clan was one of the principal members of the Clan Chattan (the Clan of the Cat), a powerful 26 Clan confederation. Accordingly, they rank as a sept of the Clan Chattan. Their alliance with the MacKintoshes was particularly strong and this proved quite advantageous, as the MacKintoshes were the captains of the Clan.
Early History of the MacFarquhar family
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MacFarquhar Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name MacFarquhar has been spelled Farquharson, Farqharson, Farquharsen, MacFhearchair (Gaelic), Caraher and many more.
Early Notables of the MacFarquhar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacFarquhar family to Ireland
Some of the MacFarquhar family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacFarquhar family
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of MacFarquhar: Harry Farquharson, who came to Virginia in 1716; Alexander Farquharson, who is on record in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1795; Alexander Farquharson, along with John, Donald, Duncan, Peter and William, were among Scots banished to the American Plantations (Barbados) in 1745-7. Other records show John Farquharsen settling in Savanna, Georgia in 1822.
Contemporary Notables of the name MacFarquhar (post 1700) +
- Roderick Lemonde MacFarquhar (1930-2019), INdia-born, British politician, newspaper and television journalist and academic Orientalist, Harvard University professor
Historic Events for the MacFarquhar family +
- Miss Grace Marie Macfarquhar, American 2nd Class passenger from Stratford, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking 
- Mrs. Jane Ann Macfarquhar, American 2nd Class passenger from Stratford, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking 
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The MacFarquhar Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.