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

McFerran Early Origins



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.

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McFerran Spelling Variations


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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.

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McFerran Early History


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McFerran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFerran research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McFerran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McFerran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McFerran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McFerran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • John McFerran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799
  • Joseph McFerran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1799

McFerran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J McFerran, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Robert McFerran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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Contemporary Notables of the name McFerran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McFerran (post 1700)



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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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    The McFerran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFerran Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 October 2015 at 11:24.

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