Scottish and Irish
"man of force"

Fergus Origin and Meaning

The name Fergus is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "man of force".

In Celtic lore, Fergus was the ideal of manly courage; Fergus is a charming, slightly quirky Scottish and Irish favorite.

As a name, Fergus forms a link between Ireland and Scotland, as Gaelic tradition has it that Irish Prince Fergus Mac Eirc and his two brothers crossed the sea and founded the kingdom of Argyll in Scotland, thereby making this an excellent choice for parents of either ora combined heritage.

Fergus has often popped up in children's literature, such as in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, and is the name of one of Shrek and Fiona's triplets. On a loftier level, there is the Yeats poem, Who Goes With Fergus?

With the nickname Fergie having been appropriated by two high-profile females, we'd opt for using Gus instead.

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Famous People Named Fergus

  • Saint Fergusmissionary to Scotland
  • Fergus the GreatKing of Ergyng, Wales
  • Fergus mac EchdachScottish king of Dál Riata
  • FergusLord of Galloway
  • FergusEarl of Buchan
  • Fergus Michael Claude BowesLyon, 17th and 4th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Fergus BowesLyon; British soldier; brother of the Queen Mother
  • Fergus MortonBaron Morton of Henryton, British judge
  • Fergusson Wright "Fergus" HumeEnglish novelist
  • (Frederick) Fergus Graham5th Baronet, British MP
  • Fergus Stewart EwingScottish politician
  • Fergus O'DowdIrish TD
  • Fergus James RiordanScottish actor
  • (William) Fergus MontgomeryBritish MP

Fergus in Pop Culture

  • Fergus Ilegendary first king of Scotland
  • Fergus mac Róichlegendary King of Ulster
  • Fergus mac Létilegendary king of Ulster
  • Fergus Dubdétachlegendary High King of Ireland
  • Fergus Fortamaillegendary High King of Ireland
  • Fergus Mórlegendary king of Dál Riata
  • Fergus Lethderg ("redside" or "half,red"), son of Nemed who leads his people against the Fomorians in Irish mythology
  • Fergusson of Eochaid Mugmedon, half,brother of Niall of the Nine Hostages
  • Sir Fergusone of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table
  • FergusMerida's father in Pixar's "Brave"
  • Fergus McDuckDisney character
  • Fergus the Railway Traction Enginecharacter in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
  • Fergus Cramercharacter from the Nero Wolfe series
  • Fergus Shannondog in children's books by David Shannon
  • Fergus the Hostlercharacter in 1956 film "The Court Jester"
  • Fergus Dargleadvertising mascot for Bennigan's
  • King Fergusthe leader of the foxes in German film "Der Sturmer"
  • Ferguscharacter in "Siggy and Amber"
  • Claudel "Fergus" Frasercharacter in the Outlander series
  • Fergustriplet of Shrek and Fiona in the Shrek series
  • Fergus McCannmain character in the novel 'Bog Child' by Siobhan Dowd
  • Fergus Drummondmain character in G. A. Henty's, With Frederick the Great
  • Fergus Roderick MacLeod aka Crowleycharacter on The CW's "Supernatural"
  • Fergus FuzzFurchester leader on British TV series The Furchester Hotel
  • Fergus Kearneycharacter in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street
  • "Fergus McPhail" Australian TV show and its main character
  • "Fergus the Fish" British children's series
  • Fergusa faerie in Cassandra Clare's trilogy "The Dark Artifices"