The ancestors of the Phirnay family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Phirnay family
The surname Phirnay was first found in Fife
, where Fernie Castle, the family's ancestral home is an enlarged sixteenth-century tower house just east of the village of Letham.
Early History of the Phirnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phirnay research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1475 and 1516 are included under the topic Early Phirnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phirnay Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Phirnay include Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Phirnay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phirnay family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Phirnay: John Fernie made his home in Virginia in 1623. William Fernie landed in New England
in 1654. Many of the Fernie name purchased land in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800's..