The tale of the name Phirney begins with a family who lived in the lands of Fernie in Fife
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Phirney family
The surname Phirney 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 Phirney family
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Phirney Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Phirney has been spelled Fernie, Ferny, Fearny, Fearney, Ferney, Firnie, Firney and many more.
Early Notables of the Phirney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phirney family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Phirney: 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..