FERGUSON - Name Meaning & Surname Origin

FERGUSON Surname Meaning & Origin: Ferguson is a patronymic surname meaning "son of Fergus." The given name Fergus, comes from Fearghas, derived from the Gaelic fear meaning "man," and gus meaning "vigor."

FERGUSON is the 34th most common surname in Scotland.

Surname Origin: Scottish, Irish


Famous People With the Surname FERGUSON

  • Harry Ferguson - Irish inventor and pioneer
  • Adam Ferguson - Scottish philosopher, sometimes called the "father of modern sociology."
  • Patrick Ferguson - Scottish officer in the British Army, inventor of the breech-loading rifle. With the help of this weapon, the Americans were defeated at the Battle of Brandywine (1777).
  • Colin Ferguson - murderer found guilty of the Long Island Railroad Massacre

Genealogy Resources for the Surname FERGUSON

Common Scottish Surnames & Their Meanings
Uncover the meaning of your Scottish last name with this free guide to Scottish surnames meanings and origins.

Common Surnames of Ireland
Discover the meaning of your Irish last name, and find where in Ireland these Irish surnames are most commonly found.

Ferguson Genealogy
Website dedicated to helping Ferguson family researchers connect to their 18th Century Virginia roots.

Fergus(s)on DNA Project
A DNA project spearheaded by the Clan Fergusson Society of North America to create a database of DNA corresponding to different Scottish and Irish subdivisions such as those discussed in Records of the Clan and Name of Fergusson, Ferguson and Fergus, by James Ferguson and Robert Menzies Fergusson, Edinburgh, 1895.

Ferguson Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Ferguson surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Ferguson query.

FamilySearch - FERGUSON Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Ferguson surname and its variations.

FERGUSON Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Ferguson surname.

Cousin Connect - FERGUSON Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Ferguson, and sign up for free notification when new Ferguson queries are added.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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