Last name: Farr

This most unusual surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and originated either as a nickname for a powerfully built or strong man, or a lusty man, or as a metonymic occupational name for an oxherd, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "fearr", Middle English "farre", meaning bull. Hence, the surname is a good example of the sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. Nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, including supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, or to a person's habits of dress and occupation. The surname itself was first recorded in the mid 12th Century (see below), while one Simon Farr was mentioned in 1381, in "Archaeological Records of Kent". Edward Farr was one of the earliest settlers in St. Christopher's parish in the Barbadoes, having embarked from London on the "Amitie" in October 1635. William Farr (1807 - 1883) was a notable statistician and commissioner of the 1871 Census. A Coat of Arms was granted to a Farr family in Beccles, Norfolk, which depicts a gold saltire, surmounted of another of the first between four red fleurs-de-lis, on a red shield. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas le Ferre, which was dated circa 1154, in "The History of St. Bartholomew's Hospital" (London), during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189). Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Jonathon Farr
Hello all Farr's out there :) I don't really know much about any of my ancestors, but my Dad is called Craig Farr, i've never met my Grandad but I know he is called James Farr and is a Welder :) If anyone knows of anyone that fits this description, then please leave a reply. :) I'm 22

Dave Farr
hello all farr's out there i would love to find out about our heritage,but i can't get past my grandad, albert edward WHO WAS BORN IN MANCHESTER in 1912,his parents were william and christine,he was born in blackley.he had a sister called gertrude and brother's tony and john, my dad william was born june 4th in crumpsall,he had two younger brothers john and peter, they have sadly all passed away,hopefully there's some one out there who can help me along looking forward to hearing off anyone

Chris Farr
You might have to hit up a local library or contact a well known one in Manchester for cenus records.

tehani farr
my dad name is william david farr, from plymought

Kiana Farr
My Brother's name is John David Farr and My Uncle is David Farr & My Dad James Farr

Aaliyah
I'm in 6th grade and I'm doing a project about history. on my fathers side. and still have no idea how to write about this. lol

Mary Harris
Thomas Farr is the name of my childs father who I gave up for adoption in 1972. I want to know more about his origens because I have recently found my child and am hoping to foster a relationship with her. I anticipate she will want to know about her ancestry. I was told that the name Farr is far from a common name, which added to my curiosity.

Peggy
Contact Eugene Farr (he's on the web) he wrote a book about the Farr famiily. Good Luck!

Stewart Farr
Interesting debate on the name. The only thing I know is that FARR is a given surname (which probably explains the broken family tree - and different definition). I have heard multiple versions including: - Metal working / blacksmith (Ferric / Ferrum user) - Farrier (worker/slave) - Traveler - Farrier (Vet) - Farrenholtz - Knight - Problem solver So I guess its where (and when your from). However I have been told that the 2 oldest definitions are blacksmith/metalworker and problem solver. I imagine the other references were due to demand of ability. e.g. Horse needs shoes, I should make myself some armor (knight), I am needed overseas (traveller)..... what do you guys think?