– from Latin confarreātiōnem, a noun of action from confarreāre (to unite in marriage by the offering of bread),
from con- + farreus (of spelt, corn, or grain), farreum (a spelt-cake),
from far, farr-is (grain, spelt)
“…And if fell out that, that iust number coulde not bee founde, the vse of confarreation, or marriage with a cake of Wheate, either not vsed, or only of a few: whereof he alleaged many reasons, though the chiefest was, the carelesnes of men and women…”
From: The Annales of Cornelius Tacitus. The Description of Germanie.
(Translation Richard Grenewey)
Cornelius Tacitus, 1598