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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Fergus

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Fergus means "Leader of men, strong man" and is of Celtic origin.

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From Irish or Scottish Gaelic Fearghas. The first element may be related to modern fìor (“true”) or fear (“man”) (cf. Fearchar). The second element has been understood to mean 'choice' (cf. Angus). Thus the name means either "most chosen one" or "chosen man".

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Fergus was also found in the following language(s): Old Irish

Notable Persons Named Fergus

Fergus Henderson is a chef. Fergus was born in London.


Fergus of Galloway was royalty. He holds the title Lord of Galloway. He breathed his last breath on May 12th, 1161.


Bored Nothing is an indie rock, noise pop, shoegazing, and lo-fi music musician. He was most prominent from 2011 to 2015. Bored was given the name Fergus David Edward Miller on February 3rd, 1990. Bored is also known as Miller and Fergus.


Fergus Ewing is a Minister for Business, Energy, Tourism, Minister for Community Safety, and Legal Affairs. Fergus was born on September 23rd, 1957 in Glasgow.


Fergus was born in 1941.


Fergus was born on June 17th, 1986 in Kildare.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Fergus

Adam was born in Drogheda.


His ongoing career started in 2015. Greg was born on May 31st, 1969 in Montreal.


Fergus was a saint. He holds the title Bishop. Fergus was born in Ireland. He died in 730.


Jim was born in 1950.


Tom Fergus is a hockey player. He was most active from 1981 to 1995. Tom was born on June 16th, 1962 in Chicago.


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Popularity of Fergus as a last name

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Common last names for Fergus

  • Oconnor
  • Smith

Common first names for Fergus

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fergus U.S.
  White 80.38% 64.26%
  African American 11.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fergus

People with the last name Fergus are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Fergus

  • How Popular is the name Fergus? Fergus is the 18,125th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fergus was the 15,758th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fergus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 417 babies born with the first name Fergus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fergus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fergus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Fergus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fergus is Friday, July 11th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Fergus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fergus was in 2015 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Random Fergus Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fergus is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Fergus: Your name in reverse order is Sugref. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ersufg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fergus? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,850 people with the last name Fergus.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fergus? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fergus as their last name since less than 1 person in 159k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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