From Irish or Scottish Gaelic Fearghas. The first element may be related to modern fìor (“true”) or fear (“man”) (cf. Fearchar). The second element has been understood to mean 'choice' (cf. Angus). Thus the name means either "most chosen one" or "chosen man".
- (Ireland, Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈfɛɹɡəs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfɜːɡəs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfɝɡəs/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ɡəs
- ^ Alexander Macbain, Etymology of the principal Gaelic national names, personal names, surnames to which is added a disquisition on Ptolemy's Geography of Scotland, 1911, p. 14.
Fergus m (genitive Fergusso)
- A male given name
|Old Irish mutation|
pronounced with /v(ʲ)-/
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.