First American Financial traces its roots to 1889 when Orange County split off from the county of Los Angeles.
The two firms that opened to handle all title matters in the new county were merged five years later by Charles Edward Parker. The new company was named Orange County Title Company and is the direct predecessor to First American Financial.
Orange County Title Company was renamed First American Title Insurance in 1960 to reflect the company’s expansion outside of Orange County.
By 1982 the company was working nationally with offices throughout the U.S.
Today First American Financial offers title insurance, specialty property and casualty insurance, home warranties, banking and trust services, settlement, title plant management, record keeping, valuation, and investment advisory services.
First American Financial is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FAF, is a member of the S&P 500, is #350 in the Fortune 500, has 17,292 employees, and had $4.68 billion in revenue in 2013.