De fraine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the De fraine family

The surname De fraine was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the De fraine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De fraine research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1455, 1487, 1510, 1600, 1140 and 1172 are included under the topic Early De fraine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

De fraine Spelling Variations

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 De fraine include Frayne, Freyne, Frene, Frenye, Freny, Frenney, Frenny, Frennes, Frenes, Frenye, Frain, Frayn, Fraine and many more.

Early Notables of the De fraine family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the De fraine family to Ireland

Some of the De fraine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand De fraine migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

De fraine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph DeFraine, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860


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