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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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

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

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

Alexandra farr

My last-name was is Farr I'm from the metro Detroit area. I have a large family of Farr's in the mountains old Tennessee. An area is named after us called Farr Gap on the eastern side of Tennessee. My great grandfather's name is Jasper Farr, if anyone knows anything please Facebook me I'm Alexandra Farr

Mark Nixon
My Mum is a Farr (Marion Farr). She has a brother (my Uncle) called Austin Farr. They are originally from Darlington (& appeared to have been ? Farmers, mostly). My (Maternal) Grandmother was called Mildred (Audrey) Farr and her Husband (my Maternal Grandfather) was called... actually, i can't remember (shall post back later with info perhaps), but he was in the Navy/Army (in WWII), then thereafter a great painter and was very good at measuring/structural architecture. My Uncle (Austin Farr)- who was one of the best in in class at Mathes, and went on to get a 1st in double Pure Math and Statistics- had quite a highly mathematical/intellectually demanding job invovling the early computers (& had to do all long math equations in his head as there were no calculators, nor much computers back then). His two sons are Steven Farr- again amazingly excellent at mathes (& physics) and completed a physics degree at Manchester University (before getting ME which he currently suffers from); and Alister Farr- Very Good at Art and interested in nature/camping/wildlife, got a degree in Ecology at Sheffield and further went on to work as a wildlife Ranger at Rotheram (& is in the process of architecurally designinh the build of his own house). All of these three above (Farrs) are very Tall (6-7+ feet), somewhat reserved but otherwise good natured and are very good at working puzzles out. They also all like walking/orienteering and running.

Camryn Farr
My fathers side of the family is from Oklahoma

Mary Jane Farr
Possibly Welsh > William [E ? ]{Grandfather} Farr and Son Richard E Farr {father} Mary Jane Farr Aspen Colorado {Barker} Farr's in Cortez and Delores Colorado mid & late 1800 early 1900's Huntington Beach California 1940 Oklahoma & Texas 1900's thru 2000

Derek Alan farr
Family originally from wiltshire( Somerset). , son, Cameron wyn James, daughters, Emily grace, Gracie Isabel Kate.

What's on your mind? tracing my grand father who fathered my father although my grand mother had been a widow for eighteen months she was born a tunnicliff but married on Sampson farr in 1898

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