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Gender: Male Meaning of Fergus: "man of force" Origin of Fergus: Scottish and Irish

The name Fergus is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "man of force". Fergus and is often added to lists like Unusual Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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 Fergus, missionary to Scotland
Fergus the Great, King of Ergyng, Wales
Fergus mac Echdach, Scottish king of Dál Riata
Fergus, Lord of Galloway
Fergus, Earl of Buchan
Fergus Michael Claude Bowes-Lyon, 17th and 4th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II
Fergus Bowes-Lyon; British soldier; brother of the Queen Mother
Fergus Morton, Baron Morton of Henryton, British judge
Fergusson Wright "Fergus" Hume, English novelist
(Frederick) Fergus Graham, 5th Baronet, British MP
Fergus Stewart Ewing, Scottish politician
Fergus O'Dowd, Irish TD
Fergus James Riordan, Scottish actor
(William) Fergus Montgomery, British MP

Pop Culture References for the name Fergus

Fergus I, legendary first king of Scotland
Fergus mac Róich, legendary King of Ulster
Fergus mac Léti, legendary king of Ulster
Fergus Dubdétach, legendary High King of Ireland
Fergus Fortamail, legendary High King of Ireland
Fergus Mór, legendary king of Dál Riata
Fergus Lethderg ("red-side" or "half-red"), son of Nemed who leads his people against the Fomorians in Irish mythology
Fergus, son of Eochaid Mugmedon, half-brother of Niall of the Nine Hostages
Sir Fergus, one of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table
Fergus, Merida's father in Pixar's "Brave"
Fergus McDuck, Disney character
Fergus the Railway Traction Engine, character in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Fergus Cramer, character from the Nero Wolfe series
Fergus Shannon, dog in children's books by David Shannon
Fergus the Hostler, character in 1956 film "The Court Jester"
Fergus Dargle, advertising mascot for Bennigan's
King Fergus, the leader of the foxes in German film "Der Sturmer"
Fergus, character in "Siggy and Amber"
Claudel "Fergus" Fraser, character in the Outlander series
Fergus, triplet of Shrek and Fiona in the Shrek series
Fergus McCann, main character in the novel 'Bog Child' by Siobhan Dowd
Fergus Drummond, main character in G. A. Henty's, With Frederick the Great
Fergus Roderick MacLeod aka Crowley, character on The CW's "Supernatural"
Fergus Fuzz, Furchester leader on British TV series The Furchester Hotel
Fergus Kearney, character in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street
"Fergus McPhail," Australian TV show and its main character
"Fergus the Fish," British children's series

Ferguson, Fergie, Fergusson, Fearghus, Feargus, Fearghas


ashbee Says:


Fergus Fraser in Outlander. <3 Also love the strong meaning.

Zelliew Says:


It sounds furry to me

heather75402 Says:


I think this is a very strong sounding name for a boy!