Ferguson Family Crest
Colors on the Ferguson family crest explained
Argent (silver) - represents the Ferguson's reputation for peacefulness and sincerity.
Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.
Azure (blue) - signifies the Ferguson family's loyal and truthful nature.
Symbols on the Ferguson family crest explained
The three boar heads - symolizes a fierce warrior history and a willingness of Ferguson family members to fight against adversity until death.
The buckle - represents faithfulness in authority. Likely a connection to early Ferguson family members military service or service to nobility.
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Origins of the Ferguson family name
The Ferguson family name is thought to have originated in Scotland.
The name translates firstly to 'son of Fergus'.
In ancient Gaelic, 'Fergus' translates to 'angry one' or 'man of force' depending on the Scottish or Irish translation.
The first recorded use of the name was in the 12th century, when a William Ferguson was recorded as a witness in a charter of the Abbey of Kelso.
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Summary of the Ferguson family and the Ferguson family crest
- Ferguson is a Scottish patronymic surname, meaning "son of Fergus".
- The Fergusons are thought to have been a clan of border reivers, raiders who engaged in cross-border cattle rustling and other forms of brigandry.
- They were known for their fierce fighting prowess, and were often hired as mercenaries by the English and Scottish crowns.
- The Ferguson clan is one of the oldest and most distinguished clans in Scotland.
- The clan crest is boar's heads, and the clan tartan is the Ferguson tartan is green and blue with touches of red and white.
- The Ferguson family name was first found in America in the 1600s.
- The first recorded Ferguson in America was John Ferguson, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
- The name Ferguson is also associated with the American Civil War, as Confederate General Samuel Ferguson was a prominent leader of the Confederate Army.
- In ancient Europe, the Ferguson clan has produced many notable figures, including Sir James Ferguson, 1st Baronet, who was a Scottish physician and chemist and Sir Alexander Ferguson, 1st Baronet, who was a British Liberal Party politician.
- The Ferguson name is still common in Scotland, and is also found in Ireland and the United States.
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