McFerran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname McFerran is an Anglicization of a few different Gaelic names, such as "Ó Faracháin," "Ó Fearáin," and "Ó Forannáin."

Early Origins of the McFerran family

The surname McFerran was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel.

Early History of the McFerran family

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McFerran Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the McFerran family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Fearon, Feron, Feran, Farren and others.

Early Notables of the McFerran family (pre 1700)

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United States McFerran migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McFerran family in North America:

McFerran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel McFerran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [1]
  • John McFerran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [1]
  • Joseph McFerran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799 [1]
McFerran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J McFerran, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Robert McFerran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 [1]

Canada McFerran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McFerran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel McFerran, aged 50 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McFerran (post 1700) +

  • Jimmy D. McFerran, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1976 [3]
  • Janet McFerran, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1978 [3]
  • James C. McFerran, American Republican politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 30th District, 1973 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  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. 87)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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