Fergus (name)

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Fergus or Feargus is a common Irish or Scottish male given name derived from Scots Gaelic, meaning the angry (one) or the wrathful (one). [1][2]

As a surname, Ferguson or Fergusson is common across Scotland but particularly in Perthshire and Ayrshire. In Ireland, the Ferris family of County Kerry derives its surname from the patronymic Ó Fearghusa.

Given name[edit]

Fergus (Fearghus)
PronunciationEnglish: /ˈfɜːrɡəs/
Irish: [ˈfʲaɾˠɣəsˠ]
Scottish Gaelic: [ˈfɛɾɛɣəs̪]
Meaning"man-strength, virility".
Region of originScotland, Ireland, Isle of Man
Other names
Related namesFearghus, Fearghas, Fearghal, Fergal




Fictional or mythological characters[edit]


PronunciationEnglish: /ˈfɜːrɡəs/
Irish: [ˈfʲaɾˠɣəsˠ]
Region of originScotland, Ireland, Isle of Man
Meaning"man-strength, virility".
Other names
Variant(s)Ferguson, Fergusson, Kerruish
  • Alex Fergus (1899–?), Scottish professional association footballer
  • Dylan Fergus (b. 1980), American actor
  • Sir Howard Fergus, Montserratian writer and historian
  • James Fergus (1813–1902), miner, rancher, businessman and politician in Minnesota and Montana
  • John Fergus (c. 1700–c. 1761), Irish physician and man of letters
  • Keith Fergus (b. 1954), American professional golfer
  • Oris Fergus, Montserratian cricketer
  • Thomas Fergus (1815–1914), New Zealand politician
  • Tom Fergus (b. 1962), Canadian-raised American retired National Hockey League player

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Way, George and Squire, Romily. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). Published in 1994. Pages 136 - 137.
  2. ^ Macbain, Alexander (1911) [1896], An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Inverness: Stirling: Eneas Mackay, p. 168
  3. ^ Fergus the Fish: Series (1960), The New York Times
  4. ^ "Bennigan's Unleashes a Leprechaun on MySpace". Reuters. 15 January 2008.