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The surname Phariss was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat at Rutherglen from early times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. An ancient couplet says "nae man can tell, nae man has seen, when the Faries Haena in Ruglen been." To translate this couplet means that no man can remember when there hasn't been a family of Faries at Rutherglen.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fairie, Fairrie, Farie, Fairey, Ferry, Ferrie, Fairy, Faireye and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phariss research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Phariss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Phariss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Phariss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Fairey settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772; James, Joseph and Robert Ferry arrived in Virginia in 1774; Andrew, Bernard, Charles, Francis, George, James, John, Michael, Miles, Patrick Ferry, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860. In Newfoundland, Patrick Ferry settled in Bona Vista in 1830.

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Phariss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Phariss 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.

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