1) The man in charge of a ferry.

The OED has examples from 1464 but it is on record in Yorkshire from the thirteenth century: 1297 de Roberto Feriman, Yedingham

1379 Johannes atte Water, feriman, Ferry Fryston. Reaney has an example of the by-name in Berkshire in the late twelfth century.

dates 1297 1379

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