From what I've read & heard back from others, the surname was probably originally Scottish, but belonged to McFerren families that were relocated to Northern Ireland by the King at that time, during the 1700's, to "protestantize" that part of the mostly-Catholic area.
Of course, eventually the Scottish McFerren's & other Scottish families, were gradually assimulated into Irish society, & remained in Northern Ireland for centuries until they basically became Irish, so to speak.
There are many McFerren/McFarren's living in Northern Ireland today. Not many in Scotland, as I found out when I visited there.
To summerize, you could say that the McFerren surname is probably a Scots-Irish surname.
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