Other Forms FormsFeraby, Pheriba, Fariba
"Apparently a Southern U.S. invention. First appears in the mid-1700s in Virginia and North Carolina. Could be a variation of PHOEBE, although it is also curiously similar to the Arabic name FARIBA.""Obscure surname and Yorkshire and Lincolnshire place-name (where it's spelled Ferriby) makes a jaunty first. Placed in the public eye by Manhattan socialite Ferebee Bishop Taube."