Origin of surname
Although the spellings shown below appear to be variants of the same family name, French sources suggest that there are separate derivations. Noms de famille de Normandie indicates that Feret derives from the old French feret (affaire) indicating a busy or intriguing personality, whereas Ferey indicated a bon vivant who enjoyed himself on fériés (public holidays). There is also a possible derivation via a personal name, a diminuitive of ‘Ferard’, ‘Feraud’ or ‘Feron’.
The name is found as ‘Feret’ or ‘Ferey’ in baptismal records in Jersey from 1609 through to the mid-19th century; possibly later, but it is not known today. It is common in both spellings in Normandy.
There appear to have been two distinct families in Jersey, one present from the early 17th century, dying out in the 18th and the other arriving from France in the early 19th century. Researching these lines is complicated by the use of the spellings Feret, Ferey, Ferrey and Ferry in church records.
The surname Feret seems to have changed to Furey in the community of Harbour Main, Newfoundland. The History of Harbour Main by Alice Strapp at the following link Harbour Main History, shows that the family was reputed to be French, which in Conception Bay in 1805 is highly unlikely. The name also appears concurrently with the Jersey surname La Cour, also reputed to be French. It seems more likely both families were once Jerriais speaking Jerseymen, mistaken for Frenchmen. In support of this, Seary's Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland reports a family tradition of an unknown ancestor from Jersey who settled in Harbour Main in 1750. The family appears to have become Roman Catholic at some point. Harbour Main is a strongly Roman Catholic community to this day and they may have converted. The gap in Feret/Ferey records in Jersey in the 18th Century could perhaps suggest they had migrated to Newfoundland. Charles Furey was elected to the Newfoundland House of Commons in 1861; George Furey was shot dead in riots associated with the same election.
- Feret baptisms in Jersey
- Feret marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Feret marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Feret burials in Jersey
Great War service
Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc
- Francis Philip Ferey (1891- ) (Tr) son of Francis and Esther, ex-RMIJ, Ordinary Seaman RN, HMS Victory X
- Herbert Francis Ferey (1892- ) (St Mt) son of Philip and Alice, Gunner, RGA
- Philip G Ferey (1890- ) (Tr) son of George and Mary, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- William George Ferey (1884- ) (Weymouth) son of Philip and Alice, Private RE
These wills created by members of the Ferey family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Honorine Ferey, 18 La Motte Street, St Helier, widow of Adolphe Auguste Renault - 21 February 1907, D/Y/A/66
- Philippe Ferey of Trinity - 13 July 1901, D/Y/A/60
- Philippe Ferey of Trinity - 3 August 1901, D/Y/A/60
- François Ferey - 31 October 1903, D/Y/A/62
- Philippe Ferey, Grouville - 15 February 1910, D/Y/A/69
- Eliza Ferey 6 December 1911 - 8 March 1924, D/Y/A/84
- Lilian Ferey, 13 David Place, St Helier - 16 February 1944, D/Y/A/112
- Ann Ferey, St Clement - 2 June 1948, D/Y/A/119
- Louisa Ferey, Sunnydale, Five Oaks, St Saviour - 19 November 1934, D/Y/A/96
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