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Where did the English Freeman family come from? What is the English Freeman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Freeman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Freeman family history?The surname Freeman is a ancient Anglo-Saxon name whose history dates back to the days before the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from "freomann" or "frigmann," Old English words and personal names meaning "free-born man."
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Freeman include Freeman, Fryman, Friman and others.
First found in the county of Essex, where it was borne as a personal name by Freman Sceil in 1188. The first recorded instance of Freeman as a surname appeared shortly thereafter; William Freman was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk in 1196.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freeman research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1221, 1240, 1645, 1646, 1710, 1667, 1723, 1821, 1794, and are included under the topic Early Freeman History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Freeman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Freeman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 287 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Freeman or a variant listed above:
Freeman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Freeman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Freeman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Freeman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Freeman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freeman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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