My wife's is descended from Charles George Ferne (b. 27 August 1827), son of Thomas Daniels Ferne.
My wife's grandfather Cliffe (b. 1909) had three oral traditions regarding the family origins; source unknown: 1.The Ferne's were Huguenots 2.They were French 3.They came from the French-Belgian border area
My wife's aunt has asked me look for any similar family stories so I appreciate your posting!