see also Faris, Farris

Origins

The table below shows that in 1901 about 60% of the Ferris in the UK lived in England. The English surname Ferris is said to be a variant of the name Ferrers and of Norman descent [The Norman People, Henry S King and Co., London, 1874]. Accordingly the English Ferris are not expected to have ancestors in common with any Fergus(s)on. The focus hereafter is on the Scottish and Irish Ferris as their names are linked to the Fergus(s)on.

1901 Census
Surname England Ireland Scotland Wales Total
Ferris 3150 1585 388 195 5318
Ferries 106 8 338 15 467
Ferriss 132 24 3 3 162
Ferres 61 22 24 0 107
Ferrers 17 0 4 3 24
Feris 16 3 0 0 19
Feriss 0 0 0 0 0

Ferris Distribution In Ireland

Griffith's Valuation is a property survey that was conducted in Ireland between 1847 and 1864. Since census records prior to 1901 do not survive for Ireland the survey is used to get an idea of how the Ferris were distributed in Ireland circa 1855. The table below compares the numbers of households to those determined from the 1901 census. The conclusion in each case is that counties Antrim and Down are where the majority of Irish Ferris households are located. The table also shows that county Kerry has a significant number of Ferris and is the only county outside the province Ulster where that is the case. In Ulster Ferris is said to be a branch of the Scottish clan Ferguson formerly MacFergus and in Kerry a variant of O'Fergus. [MacLysaght, The Surnames of Ireland].

Griffith's Valuation   1901 Census
County Count   County Count
Antrim 69   Antrim 119
Down 57   Down 59
Kerry 47   Londonderry 35
Derry 31   Kerry 34
Armagh 24   Armagh 23
Fermanagh 14   Dublin 15
Mayo 11   Fermanagh 10
Tyrone 10   Tyrone 9
Wexford 9   Limerick 5
Cork 3   Cavan 4
Kildare 3   Wexford 4
Tipperary 3   Carlow 3
Dublin 2   Mayo 3
Wicklow 2   Sligo 3
Dublin city 2   Donegal 2
Cavan 1   Cork 1
Cork city 1   Galway 1
Donegal 1   Roscommon 1
Kilkenny 1   Tipperary 1
Monaghan 1   Wicklow 1
Carlow 1      
Galway 1      
Total 294   Total 333

Ferris, Ferries Distribution In Scotland

The tables below shows that when the name is spelled Ferris the most common place of birth in 1851 and 1861 Scotland is Ireland and those born in Scotland show no pattern. On the other hand for the spelling Ferries most male heads of house are born in Aberdeenshire. Its interesting that there are so few spelled Ferris yet in Black in his book The Surnames of Scotland offered up that in in "Aberdeenshire the name is said to be a contraction of Ferguson."

Top 4 Places of Birth of Male Heads of Households, Count
1851 Scotland Census
Ferris, 11 Ireland, 4 Fife, 3 Aberdeen, 1 Lanark, 1  
Ferries, 22 Aberdeen, 11 Wigtown, 3 Ireland, 2 Other, 6  
 
1861 Scotland Census
Ferris, 12 Ireland, 5 Lanark, 3 Aberdeen, 1 Other, 3  
Ferries, 25 Aberdeen,14 Ireland, 5 Forfar, 2 Other, 4  

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