This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is a topographical surname used by (or for) someone who lived in a place where ferns were abundant. The derivation is fern from the Olde English pre 7th Century word fearn, a collective noun. There are a number of variations of the modern surname, ranging from Fern(e), Fearn(e), Feirn, Farn, Fairn and Vern(e) to the plural, genitive forms, Ferns, Farnes, Varnes and Varns, meaning "of the ferns", the forms with "V" for "F" being the southern and south-western Middle English variants. The name is also found in Ireland where it is said to be a synonym of "Reneham", found in the County of Offaly. Henry atte Verne was recorded in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire and Joceus de Ferne was mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Thomas Ferns was christened on March 1st 1587 at Pontefract, Yorkshire, and the marriage of Catherine Ferns and Edward Cornwell was recorded on July 3rd 1640 at St. Mary's, Marylebone, London. Ellen and Ann Ferns aged 25 and 25, were Irish famine immigrants who sailed on the "Clifton" from Liverpool for New York on May 17th, 1847. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John de la Ferne, which was dated 1275, in the Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls, during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Fern- — Fern …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • Fern — Fêrn, er, este, adj. et adv. entfernt, von Dingen, zwischen welchen ein beträchtlicher Zwischenraum befindlich ist. 1. Eigentlich, dem Raume nach, entfernt, entlegen. Aus fernen Landen kommen, 5 Mos. 29, 22. Eine ferne Reise, nach einem… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • FERN — Contexte général Champs d’action Écologisme Droits des peuples indigènes Zone d’influence Monde entier Fiche d’identité Forme juridique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Fern — ist der Name folgender geographischer Objekte: Fernpaß, Weiler in der Gemeinde Nassereith, Tirol Fern (Arkansas), Vereinigten Staaten Fern (Iowa), Vereinigten Staaten Fern (Kalifornien), Vereinigten Staaten Fern (Kansas), Vereinigten Staaten Fern …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fern — (f[ e]rn), n. [AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn, farnkraut; cf. Skr. par[.n]a wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern.] (Bot.) An order of cryptogamous plants, the {Filices}, which have their fructification on the back of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fern — fern; fern·ery; fern·flö·te; fern·tick·le; sal·fern; fern·tick·led; …   English syllables

  • fern — fern: Das gemeingerm. Adverb mhd. ver‹re›, ahd. ferro, got. faírra, engl. far, aisl. fjarri gehört zu der unter ↑ ver... dargestellten idg. Wurzel *per »über etwas hinausführen«. Es ist im Nhd. von der Bildung mhd. verren, ahd. ferrana »‹von›… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • fern — O.E. fearn, from P.Gmc. *farnan (Cf. O.S. farn, M.Du. vaern, Du. varen, O.H.G. farn, Ger. Farn), from PIE *porno , a root which has yielded words for feather, wing (Cf. Skt. parnam feather; Lith. papartis fern; Russ …   Etymology dictionary

  • -fern — [fɛrn] <adjektivisches Suffixoid>: 1. in einer als negativ empfundenen Weise ohne Bezug zu dem im Basiswort Genannten, nicht darauf gerichtet, nicht daran orientiert /Ggs. nah/: gegenwartsfern; lebensfern (Ansicht); praxisfern… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • fern — Adj/Adv std. (8. Jh.) Stammwort. Das Adverb mhd. ferren(e), ahd. ferrana, ferranān antwortet eigentlich auf die Frage woher ? , ist also von ferne ; das Adjektiv ist dieser Form angepaßt worden. Auf die Frage wo ? antwortete das jetzt nicht mehr… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Fern — Fern, adv. Long ago. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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