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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Frazer family come from? What is the Scottish Frazer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Frazer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Frazer family history?

The origins of the Frazer family name are somewhat of a mystery. The earliest recorded versions of the name, from the 12th century, are de Fresel, de Friselle and de Freseliere, which appear to be Norman; however they have never been found in Normandy itself. The other possibility is that the name was derived from Gaelic, but no-one has been able to locate a Gaelic name from which Frazer might be derived. It is thought that it was in later years that the "fraisse," or strawberry was adopted as part of the Armorial bearings of this family due to the similarity of the pronunciation of this French word to the Frazer surname.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Frazer, Fraser, Frasher, Frisell, Frasee, Frazie, Frazier, Friselle, Fresser, Friser, Fryssar, Fressell, Fresal, Fresale, Frichell, Fraysser, Fresall, Fresle, Fresill, Fressair, Fraisser and many more.

First found in Tweedale, Peebles-shire, where Sir Simon Frasee held part of the lands of Keith. There is a record of Symon Fraser giving the church of Keith to the Abbey of Kelso in Circa 1160. Early records include Gilbert Fraser, who witnessed a charter by Walter Olifard in 1210. A later Sir Simon known as "the Scottish Patriot" was a supporter of Sir William Wallace in the struggle for independence.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frazer research. Another 369 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1375, 1692, 1610, 1681, 1607, 1681, 1667, 1747, 1746, 1654, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Frazer History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 131 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frazer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Frazer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frazer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Frazer, who purchased land in New England in 1684
  • Margaret Frazer, who landed in the West Indies in 1684
  • John Frazer, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Frazer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Dunkliant Frazer, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • John Frazer settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Daniel Frazer, who landed in South Carolina in 1716
  • Hugh Frazer, who arrived in Georgia in 1735
  • Robert Frazer, with his wife, Mary McLean, and six children, settled in New York in 1739

Frazer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Frazer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Duncan Frazer, aged 51, landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Francis Frazer, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1813
  • Jane Frazer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Joseph Frazer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815


  • Paula Frazer (b. 1963), American singer-songwriter
  • Persifor Frazer (1736-1792), American farmer, soldier, and industrialist
  • Zachary David Frazer (b. 1988), American football quarterback
  • Dan Frazer (b. 1921), American actor
  • John Wesley Frazer (1827-1906), American soldier, planter, and businessman
  • Sir James George Frazer FRS, FRSE, FBA (1854-1941), Scottish anthropologist and author of "The Golden Bough"
  • Ian Frazer (b. 1953), Australian creator of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and winner of the 2008 Balzan Prize for Preventive Medicine
  • J. D. Frazer (b. 1969), Canadian author, pen name Illiad, artist and writer of the webcomic User Friendly
  • John Frazer, English architect and influential teacher and writer on architecture and intelligent CAD systems
  • John L Frazer (b. 1931), member of the Canadian House of Commons



  • Frazers (also Fraser), Baptists, Beautitudes: Descendants of James George Frazer (1799-1878) of Campbell County, Virginia and Highland County, Ohio by Margaret (Gruse) Frazer and Elva (Frazer) Shelton.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.


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The Frazer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frazer 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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