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This name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century 'foeger' meaning 'fair' or 'lovely', plus 'mann', a man, and was originally given either as a descriptive nickname to a particulary handsome man or as an occupational name to the servant of one called Fair. The suffix 'man' when attached to a nickname had augmentative force, and when conjoined with the master's personal name meant 'servant of'. The surname is first recorded at the beginning of the 13th Century, (see below), whilst other examples include Reginald Fareman or Feierman in the 'Pipe Rolls of Norfolk', dated 1208 and a Robert Farman in the 1222 'Pipe Rolls of Somerset'.

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