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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : occupational name for a smith, one who shoed horses, Middle English and Old French ferrier, from medieval Latin ferrarius, from ferrus ‘horseshoe’, from Latin ferrum ‘iron’. Compare Farrar.
  • Scottish : possibly an occupational name for a ferryman. Black reports that lands called Ferrylands in Dumbarton, by a ferry across the Clyde, belonged to Robert Ferrier in 1512.
  • Possibly southern French : occupational name for a smith, a variant of Ferrié (see Ferrie).

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