Last name: Farrar

This ancient surname is of pre Christian and Roman origins. Recorded in over seventy spellings from Farrar, Farrah, Pharro and Pharoah, to Ferrara, Ferrari, Varey, Varrow and Ferrarotti, the name derives from the Latin word "ferrum", through in other countries the later French "ferreor" , and the Middle English "Farrier". All originally had the same basic meaning of an iron worker, although over the centuries more specific meanings have been applied. In Britain for instance the term refers to a maker and fitter of horseshoes, whilst just as Hoover means a vacuum cleaner, Ferrari is in the late 20th century, a term for all that is most desireable in a car. The earliest hereditary surname recordings in the world are to be found in England, that country being the first to accept and record surnames. It is from there that the examples of the early recordings are entered here. These include Hugo Farrour, in the Poll Tax returns for the county of Yorkshire in the year 1379, and in 1517 Doctor Pharor is recorded in the register of the guild of Corpus Christi, in the city of York. One of the very first of all landowners recorded in the new American colony of Virginia, was William Farrar. He held a grant of one hundred acres "Uppon Apmatcke River" on the north side of the James River. This grant is dated 1626. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Thomas le Ferrur, and dated 1275, in the rolls of the county of Yorkshire. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My mother's maiden name is Farrar. We came over from England to Massachusetts and drifted up to NH. Not sure of English town or area, though. I'm not sure precisely when we came over, either. I'd have to look it up in my mom' s notebooks.

Lana Farrar

Hi, I would love to join. Please let me know if it is still going. My father is a Farrar, we are from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. As far as I know his origins are English and Irish

Dylon Farar

Not sure where my family fell into it's spelling.

Warren Farrar

Now I know where my name came from

Anthony Farrar
Hi it's a pity I hadn't found this page sooner as I traveled to Brisbane regularly for over 3 years on business

Jordan Farrar
I think we are all brothers

Sam farrar
West Yorkshire

Ronald Farrar
Looking for the daughter of William Farrar Newcastle upon Tyne my father was Wilfred Farrar third brother Norman call

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