Last name: Ferris

This is an Anglicization of the Old Gaelic name O' Fearghusa - a compound of the Gaelic "O" (meaning "grandson" or "male descendant") and the personal name Fergus, composed of the elements "fear" - a man and "gus" - vigour or force. The name is also Anglicized as (O) Fergus, Farrissy and Farris. Ferris and Farris are widespread names in North-East Ulster where Fairy and O' Ferry have been used as synonyms of it. They are thought to have come from an Old Donegal sept - O' Fearadhaigh. Ferris and Farris are also well known in Kerry. Here they are believed to be the cognomen of a branch of the O' Moriartys - a sept intimately associated with County Kerry. A Father Edward Ferris (1738 - 1809) became the first president of Maynooth College. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ferris (Gaelic O'Fearghusa), which was dated 1586, in the Census of County Kerry, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, known as Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603. 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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My mother's maiden name is Faris. I can follow her line back to Farmington, Indiana, then Kentucky, then Virginia. Before that the first Faris appears to have come to the New World from Dublin, or possibly someplace else in Ireland. Faris is also a common name in the Middle East--Arabic--meaning horseman or knight. I now live in New Zealand, before that California. It would be nice to find out more.

I'm a Ferris from Dublin. I've always wondered about the name, I know we're Irish for at least the last several generations but as to actual origins I've never found out!

I Am a Ferris from New Zealand . My grandfathers dad is Irish

Keith Farris
I am a Farris from Alabama, USA, my Great, Great, Great Grandfather is as far back as we can trace the family. He was born in North Carolina in 1814. I would like to know the origin of our family but have not found the link as of yet!

We are ferriss's from Ontario Canada and tracked out descendants the the late 1700's in Kentucky. With ancestors fighting in the war if 1812.

david ferris

I am a descendant of Abraham Ferris, son of Daniel Ferris who came from Wiltshire (Rowd) Southern England. Abraham lived in Syria with a Turkish passport before moving to Sault Ste Marie Michigan.

William G. Ferris
does that mean im ancestrally scottish?

indian name

Zackary Ferris
Most I know that my great grandpa is from Canada and my grandpa moved to the US after other than that we only have stories passed down from one another according to the story were from Scotland and in fact have old family recipes as well... I have not yet obtained these recipes yet ;3; since im getting SRS (mtf) my new name is actually going to be Mõrrighan Lè~Fày Ní Fearghus Ferris

Penny Ferris
I am a Ferris from upstate NY. Family history of farmers & dairy farmers.

George Ferris
Hello to all you Ferris's out there. I am from Fishkill, NY, Dutchess County. I've been able to trace my roots back to Jeffrey Ferris 1610- 1666. Does anyone have information going back further? I've always been told that we were Scottish, but the English settled a lot of people in Ireland after they conquered it. Also Jeffrey Ferris was born in Greenwich, England.

Keith Ferris
I am from the English Ferris's heralding from Wiltshire, a county In England. We traced our ancestry back to the 14th century.. There are various place names in southern England that bare the Ferris name including an entire parish in Oxfordshire called sibford-Ferris! There appears to be two distinct British Ferris's one in Scotland heralding from the Dalraiden clan at Galloway and the English one heralding from the Ferrers family.. It's original spelling in medieval England. Alot of Ferris's emigrated to Ireland in the 15th and 16th century during the protestant plantation of Ireland consequently alot of Ferris's are found in Northern Ireland

William Ferris
We are from Australia we know our great great great grandfather James William Ferris came from Kent, England someone told us ferris was Irish but we insisted it was English I guess reading the previous statement means it's a Great Britain surname with English, Scottish and Irish Ferris's

Eric John Feris
I'm living in Namibia but most of our Feris family live in South Africa. We discovered that my father's father and his brother came from England many years before and he had the unusual first name of Zedokus. I would really like to connect with family overseas.

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