Originally known as the Ward of Anketill de Auvergne, Farringdon was named for Sir Nicholas Farindon, who was appointed Lord Mayor for as long as it shall please him by Edward II. The ward had been in the Farindon family for 82 years at this time, his father, William Farindon preceding him as alderman in 1281, when he purchased the position. The father was Lord Mayor in 1281-2 and also warden of the Goldsmiths. During the reign of Edward I, as an alderman and Goldsmith, William Farindon was implicated in the arrest of English Jewry (some, fellow goldsmiths) for treason.
The ward was split into Farringdon Without and Farringdon Within in 1394.