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Meaning and name origin

Ferris \f(er)-ris\ as a boy's name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ferris is "rock". Anglicized spelling of Phiarais, of Piaras, a Gaelic form of Peter. May also come from a surname, originally a form of Fergus. See Hamish for a similar derivation from a vocative. Brought to attention in the 1980s by the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off".


Ferris has 3 variant forms: Farris, Farrish and Ferriss.


Ferris is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1405 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ferris and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Peter (#204) and Hamish. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Peter in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hamish, Peter outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ferris is also pronounced similarly to Faris. Other suggested similar baby names are Fenris, Fergie, Ferrin and Terris. Like Ferris, these names are not commonly used.