Type Surname (from location)
Other Forms FormsFarnam, Farnham, Farneham, Fernham, Phernham,
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Meaning & History
English and Irish. The origins of the Farnum name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived at Farnham, in several different counties including Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Suffolk, and the West Riding of Yorkshire. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname Farnum was originally derived from the Old English words fearn + hamm which means a fern-covered homestead or property.