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What does Ferris mean?

Ferris /fer-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 3 variants: Farris, Farrish and Ferriss.

Ferris has 3 more related forms via Fergus, Peter: Feargus, Fergie and Petros.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Feris, Fouris, ..

(female) Ferrise, Ferrisi, ..

How popular is Ferris?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ferris for boys. Ferris entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its apex position of #1058 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ferris name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ferris outside U.S.

Prominent varying forms of Ferris appearing in the Top 2000 are Farris, Hamish and Peter (#204 in 2014). These relations of Ferris were favored by parents during 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.5%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.1%, down 80%).

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

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

Similar Names


Ferris is alike in pronunciation to Faris and Firus. Other suggested similar names are Aerric, Arris, Bernis, Borris, Derrie, Derrik, Derril, Derrin, Derrius, Fares, Farrin, Fenris, Ferdi, Ferdie, Feri, Fermin, Ferran, Ferrar, Ferrars, Ferrel, Ferrer, Ferrier, Ferrill, Ferrin, Ferron, Ferryl, Floris, Gerri, Gerrie, Gerrit, Harris, Herrik (see Herrick), Jerri, Jerric, Jerrie, Jerrik, Jerrin, Jerriq, Jervis, Kerrie, Merrik, Merril, Morris, Norris, Parris, Perrie, Perrin, Terri, Terrie, Terrin, Terris and Terrius. These names tend to be more frequently used than Ferris.