This ancient and interesting surname recorded as Farman, Fareman, Faramon and Farrimond, is strictly speaking of Teutonic 8th century a.d.origins. It seems likely that it was introduced, as the personal name Faramund, by the Normans at the 1066 Invasion of England, but may possibly have been in use in Britain before that date. The name is or was a compound, containing the elements 'fara' meaning 'family' and 'mund' - the protector. In that respect it is typical of baptismal names of the Anglo-Saxon period. The personal name as "Farmannus", a Latinized spelling and probably relating to a monk, is first recorded in the Domesday Book for the county of Hampshire, although surprisingly the surname is also first recorded at the same period, although in a different county. As such it is one of the very first of all recorded surnames. Early examples include Roger Farman of Yorkshire in 1260, and Edward Fareman of Somerset, in the year 1273. There is some claim that the spelling as Farrimond, Farriman, and Farrimon, is first recorded in North Lancashire. This is possible, the first recording we have is that of Alice Ffarimond of Warrington, in the year 1621. Other recordings taken at random include Thomas Farrimond who married Margaret Tallers on December 27th 1830, at St. Bees, Cumberland, Thomas and Margaret Farrimond, at Holy Trinity, Whitehaven, on April 22nd 1843. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Richard Fareman, of Cambridge, in the year 1086, during the reign of King William 1st, known as "The Conqueror", 1066 - 1087.
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