My name is Sheila Fermor Clarkson

and as a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies

I research the name of FERMOR worldwide.


There is speculation that the origin of FERMOR is from the French fermier or farmer, or from the Old English fermor - collector of land taxes.


To date, although we have traced Fermors in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South America and the United States of America, the majority still live in Kent and Sussex where some of the earliest records of the name FERMOR were found.


We held our first Fermor Family Reunion in 1994 at Sir Henry Fermor School, Crowborough, East Sussex at the kind invitation of the then Head Teacher, Mr Graham Johnson, to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the school by Sir Henry Fermor in 1744.  We marked the occasion by planting a tree at the school which is shown below on the right of the group photograph taken at our second Reunion in 1997.  In 2000 we celebrated the Millennium with our third Reunion.

Fermor coat of arms

The Fermor coat of arms, for which my husband Ron did the art work,

is that of Henry Fermor of Welches, Sussex who, on 4 May 1725, was created a Baronet by King George I.

  To the best of my knowledge the family to whom the arms were granted became extinct with the Baronetcy on 26 October 1784.

Our second Fermor Family Reunion held on 19 July 1997

at Sir Henry Fermor School, Crowborough, East Sussex.

(Photograph by courtesy of the Kent and Sussex Courier - permission applied for)

If you would like more information on our Fermor Family History

such as:


Books with Fermor interest

1000 Years of Fermor/Farmer Families

 Our First Fermor Family Reunion (1994) published March 2018

Christmas Letter 2019

Count William Fermor 1701-1771

Fermor Cricket XI - 1908-1964

Fermors in Australia from 1855

Fermor Wedding Photographs

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor 

The Tregellas Tapestry - Lady Jane Killigrew (née Fermor)


 Fermors/Farmers/Farmars of Tusmore and Easton Neston with early links to Ireland and USA

* Updated information - March 2020


please e-mail: sfclarkson4@gmail.com

Links to Fermor websites


Guide to St James Church, Somerton, Oxfordshire - www.somertonoxon.co.uk

John Fermor - www.valencehouse.co.za

Paul Fermor - www.dealpentecostal.co.uk

Philip Fermor - www.fermor.me.uk