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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Pharans was formed. The name was derived from the given name Farimond. The surname Pharans originally derived from the Old French word Ferrant which meant iron-grey. The surname Pharans was later adopted in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Pharans family


The surname Pharans was first found in the eastern counties of Norfolk, Cambridge and Oxfordshire and it is from this latter shire that we found the first record of the name: Henry Ferant who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. Walter Ferrant was listed in the same census but was found in Cambridge. Finally, the same source lists Benedict Feraunt in Norfolk.

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Early History of the Pharans family

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Early History of the Pharans family


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Pharans Spelling Variations

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Pharans Spelling Variations


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pharans include Farrant, Farrand, Farrin, Farrent, Farren and others.

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Early Notables of the Pharans family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Pharans family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pharans family to Ireland

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Migration of the Pharans family to Ireland


Some of the Pharans family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pharans family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Pharans family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pharans were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Edward Farrand, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; and John Farrant, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1864.

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