The name MacFhearchair 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 MacFhearchair family
The surname MacFhearchair 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 MacFhearchair family
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MacFhearchair Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. MacFhearchair has appeared Farquharson, Farqharson, Farquharsen, MacFhearchair (Gaelic), Caraher and many more.
Early Notables of the MacFhearchair family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacFhearchair family to Ireland
Some of the MacFhearchair family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacFhearchair family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name MacFhearchair: 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 MacFhearchair (post 1700)
- Iain Mac Fhearchair, Scottish 18th century Gaelic village poet, also known as John MacCodrum
The MacFhearchair 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.