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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. FAHR-mər

Meaning & History

Occupational name for a tax collector, from Middle English ferme "rent, revenue, provision", from Medieval Latin firma, ultimately from Old English feorm. This word did not acquire its modern meaning until the 17th century.