Origin of the Name Ferguson
The origin of the name Ferguson
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Ferguson
include Fergusson, Farguson, Fargusson, Fargie and Fergie. The Fergusons are of Scottish Celtic origin. They were long settled in Argyll where the Chiefs of the Clan Fhearghuis of Strachur were hereditary Maers of Glenshellich. Fergusson of Dunfallandy has long been Chief of the Fergussons in Atholl. Two of the Clan, sons of Laird of Badyfarow, near Inverury, figured prominently. 'Robert and Plotter', concerned in the Ryehouse Plot, escaped detection and died in 1714. James, a major General, served under Marlborough at Blenheim. The Fergussons, Baronets of Kilkerran, have held lands in Ayrshire since the reign of Robert I. Sir William Ferguson, FRS, was an illustrious member of the Clan. 'Annie Laurie' heroine of the song, was wife of Ferguson of Craigdarroch. In Ireland Ferguson is often found in Ulster Province having been introduced there from Scotland during the seventeenth century.
The Ferguson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Ferguson descendants.