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Re: Farrow DNA project needs help
Posted by: Boots Farrar (ID *****0113) Date: August 29, 2009 at 12:39:17
In Reply to: Re: Farrow DNA project needs help by Teresa Farrow of 1226

Thanks Teresa:

So you say you are of Irish descent. Would that be through the Farrow's or another line?

There is a Farrow in our DNA project, he joined back in June but he never sent in his test.

There are those that say Farrar and Farrow as well as other variations of the spellling are of the same origin. But that can't be so. The Farrar DNA, at least the southern branch is R1a1. There is another Farrow in the project who is also R1a1 and we know his lineage, and it reaches back to Councillor William Farrar 1618 Farrar's Island, VA

In my own line the name was spelled variously Farrow and Farrar and on one occasion at least Richard Farrar on one line and Richard Farrow on another. We stabilized as Farrar's when the language and spelling stabilized in the mid 19th Century.

There are Farrar Farrar's, Farrow Farrar's, Farrar Farrows and Farrow Farrows.

You might well be a Farrow Farrow.. It would be great if you had a male relative (Y DNA is needed, and females don't have Y DNA) to establish a recent common ancestory. Who knows you might find one with another name than Farrow (adoptions, illegitmacy) we have some Ross's who also share the same ancestor as the Farrar's, but we can't close the gap.


I've found other cases of a variety of people with different names sharing the same DNA or within a distance of l or 2, and that can be accounted for by the fact that surnames didn't appear until the llth Century, and were given or taken on the basis of location, patrimony(Williamson, Davis), occupation (Fuller, Walker, Cooper) or physical charcteristic (Whitehead, Tall, Short, Brown)so their common ancestor was probably a Saxon or Celtic that lived in the region before the Norman Invasion, perhaps thousands of years before.

According to National Trust UK. Farrow is an occupational name, derived from Ferrier or iron worker. Farrar is locational name, with the same root, derived from the iron rich region of Normandy- Ferreries, from which the patriarch Henri de Ferrers came with Duke William as his Captain of Horse in 1066.

This link will interest you, It shows the distribution of the name Farrow in the British Isles in 1881. (1881 is much better for genealogical purposes, as at that time people were just starting to become mobile and move to cities,movement to large cities was going on for ages, but mostly merchants and vendors or tradesmen with a skill to sell. The English are not as mobile as Americans in fact until 1881 most families had been in their villages, shires, towns for hundreds if not thousands of years. There just wasn't any land for people to move to, such as in America where a family would sell off the land that they had overworked and depleted, load up wagons with family, household goods, and drive their slaves and oxen before them, to the next opportunity provided by expulsion of naties.

Anyway as you can see from the map below the name Farrow is NOT Irish or Scottish, but English and is concentrated in the Eastern part of England, the Romans called the Saxon Coast

http://www.nationaltrustnames.org.uk/Map.aspx?name=FARROW&year=1881&altyear=1998&country=GB&type=name


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