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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Iris
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.

MsKim456@aol.com
My family's last name is Farrare; We're from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We traced our ancestor to Senegal Africa. Is there any more information anyone could shed on this information??

William Farrar
Do you have a male relative with the surname Farrare? If so I invite you to join the Farrar DNA project at www.familytreedna.com. Yours is the first instance I've heard of a Farrare. When did your Senegal ancestor arrive in America? How was he traced to Senegal. Did he have the surname Farrare in Senegal or is that an American adaptation? I'm the project administrator for the Farrar DNA project at the above. You can contact me via farrardna at yahoo dot com

simon farrar
hi there farrar's!!!!!!!!!!

William Farrar
I invite you to join the Farrar DNA project at www.familytreedna.com

Eileen
Has anyone got ancestors that originate from Holmfirth,Huddersfield West Yorkshire?