What does Ferris mean?
Ferris \f(er)-ris\ as a boys' 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 27 more related forms via Fergus, Peter: Boutros, Fearghas, Fearghus, Feargus, Fergie, Ferguson, Fergusson, Par, Peder, Pedro▼, Pekka, Per, Petar, Pete▼, Peterson, Petr, Petre, Petros, Petrov, Pierce, Piero, Pierre▼, Piet, Pieter, Pietro, Piotr and Pyotr.
Ferris is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#1585 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent varying forms of Ferris (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000 are Hamish, Pedro (#354 in 2014), Per, Pete, Peter (#204), Pierce (#470), Pierre and Pietro. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4231%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.2465%, down 41.7%), with the versions Pedro, Pete and Pierre becoming less stylish. Pierce (#470) is the most fashionable baby name in this list, and there is a rekindling in birth name popularity for this name. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Ferris and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)