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What does Fergus mean?

Fergus Pronunciation of Fergus as a boys' name is pronounced FER-gus. It is of Scottish, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Fergus is "vigorous man". Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Fearghas, derived from fear meaning "man", and gus meaning "valor, vigour". The name of a shadowy hero in Irish mythology who was also the grandfather of Saint Columba. There was an eighth-century Irish bishop, Saint Fergus, who was a missionary to Scotland.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, irish, valor (brave), hero, mythology, saint


VARIANTS Fearghas, Fearghus, Feargus, Fergie, Ferguson, Fergusson

SEE ALSO Farris, Ferris



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How popular is Fergus?

Fergus is a rare first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#14813 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Fergus (NOT RANKED) listed in the Top 2000 are Farris and Ferris. These forms of Fergus were at the height of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #1041). (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Farris, Ferris in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Fergus and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Aegeus, Aengus, Anngus (see Angus), Argus, Arius, Artus, Beamus, Bemus, Celsus, Cetus, Cirrus, Cyrus, Darius, Delius, Derrius, Emerus, Fabius, Fares, Fargo, Faris, Farnum, Farouk, Faruq, Faunus, Fawnus, Feargal, Fegan, Feggan, Feibush, Feliks, Fenris, Ferd, Ferdo, Ferdy, Ferenc, Fergal, Feri, Fermin, Fernan, Ferran, Ferrar, Ferrars, Ferrel, Ferrer, Ferrin, Ferriss, Ferron, Ferryl, Festus, Firdos, Firus, Florus, Frans, Frits, Hermus, Jarius, Jesous, Jesus, Lexus, Lugus, Magus, Marcus, Marius, Markus, Nereus, Perseus, Remus, Seamus, Sergius, Seumus, Sextus, Sirius, Straus, Terrius and Tyrus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Fergus.

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