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Ferger Coat of Arms / Ferger Family Crest

Ferger Coat of Arms / Ferger Family Crest

This surname FERGER is a form of FERGUS which was in Gaelic O'Fearghuis composed of the elements FEAR (man) and GUS (vigour). It is the name of two Connacht septs, a medical family with the O'Malleys and an ecclesiastical family in Leitrim. The name has become Ferris in County Kerry. Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. The name is found in Scotland and a writer of a unique Gaelic charter of 1408 writes the name as FERCOS. It is now rare as a surname as it has mainly been corrupted to Ferries. A James Fergus was the burgess of Culross in 1582. Thomas McPhereis in Crathinhard is mentioned in 1603 and John Bane McPhires in the same place in 1643. The name also occurs in seventeenth century records as M'Pheires, Feres, Phires, Pheres and Ferries. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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