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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...

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Linda Coutts

My great grandfather William Charles married Elizabeth Gardner in 1823.Emigrated to Canada in 1846? Later Married Caroline May Lewis . son Charles Chapman born 1873 in Beeton, On was my grandfather. The family moved to Hagerman Township near Parry Sound. Reply

Thomas Ferris

John R. Ferris; I believe R is for Richard, possibly his father. He was born or from BallyHeigue/Listowel in 1836, entered British Army and sent to India in 1854. Injured(shot in foot), was at the Mutiny of the Sepoys in Benares, and discharged in 1861. Returned to Ireland, had a baby named Patrick with Margaret King. Then departed for NY from Liverpool and arrived in NY NY may 24 1863. Not sure if he fought in CW, but in 1865 lived in EastHampton MA and family worked at the Mills for 60 years..... Unknown when he died, but wife died at age 50 in 1900.

Richard Callin

My great grandmother Lucille Ferris was from in Kerry in the mid to later 1800’s. She immigrated with family to California, San Mateo. Married a Manxman James Callin. My grandmother, another Lucille, was born in 1907.


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