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