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The origins of the Fraser 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 Fraser 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 Fraser surname.

Fraser Early Origins



The surname Fraser was 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.

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Fraser Spelling Variations


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Fraser Spelling Variations



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.

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Fraser Early History


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Fraser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fraser 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 Fraser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fraser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fraser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Sir Alexander Fraizer (1610?-1681), a Scottish physician, declared by the king to be an excellent physician; Sir Alexander Fraser, 1st Baronet (c.?1607-1681), principal physician to King Charles II of...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fraser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fraser In Ireland


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Fraser In Ireland



Some of the Fraser 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fraser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Fraser, who landed in Maryland in 1664
  • Zachariah Fraser, who landed in Maryland in 1675
  • John Fraser, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Fraser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catharine Fraser, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Elizabeth Fraser, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • Jean Fraser, who arrived in New York in 1740
  • David Fraser settled in Barbados in 1745
  • John Fraser, his wife Christian, three daughters and a son, settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Fraser, who landed in New York in 1805
  • Francis Fraser, aged 23, landed in Virginia in 1813
  • James Fraser, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1817
  • George Fraser, who arrived in America in 1830
  • Donald C Fraser, who landed in Ohio in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraser Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J W M Fraser, who arrived in Texas in 1901

Fraser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Fraser, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mrs. Fraser, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Alex Fraser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Alex Fraser, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Alexander Fraser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraser Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Fraser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Eliz Fraser, aged 6, landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Bell Fraser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Cath Fraser, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald Fraser, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Fraser, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Elspet Fraser, Scottish convict from Aberdeen, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • Helen Fraser, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • George William Fraser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ganges" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  • Alexander Fraser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fraser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Fraser landed in Kapiti & Mana, New Zealand in 1839
  • Thomas Fraser landed in Kapiti & Mana, New Zealand in 1839
  • Donald Fraser landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • John Fraser arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Marjary Fraser, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fraser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fraser (post 1700)



  • Harold Fraser, American bronze medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Charles Carrolton "Chick" Fraser (1873-1940), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Brendan James Fraser (b. 1959), American film and stage actor, best known for his comedic roles in movies like George of the Jungle (1997) and Dudley Do-Right (1999)
  • Peter Lovat Fraser PC, QC (1945-2013), Baron Fraser of Carmyllie, Scottish politician, Lord Advocate (1989–1992), Solicitor General (1982–1989)
  • George Sutherland Fraser (1915-1980), Scottish poet
  • Eliza Fraser, Scottish shipwreck survivor, eponym of Fraser Island, Australia
  • William Simpson "Bill" Fraser (1908-1987), Scottish actor
  • Colonel the Hon. Archibald Campbell Fraser of Lovat (1736-1815), 20th MacShimidh, former Chief of the Clan Fraser
  • Peter Fraser (1884-1950), Scottish-born, New Zealand politician, and Prime Minister from 1940-1949
  • Andrew M Clan "Andy" Fraser (1952-2015), English songwriter and bass guitarist, best known as one of the founding members of the rock band Free in 1968, at age 15 and for having co-written the song "All Right Now"
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fraser Historic Events


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Fraser Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Frank Fraser (1865-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Master James  Fraser (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Colin  Fraser (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Clement  Fraser (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Margaret  Fraser (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Bessie McGregor  Fraser (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 4 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Noel James Fraser (1919-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Robert W M Fraser, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Fraser (d. 1912), aged 29, English Junior Assistant Third Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. J. Fraser (d. 1912), aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Fraser


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Suggested Readings for the name Fraser



  • Descendants of George Frazier (also Fraser), Joseph Journey, Patrick Calvert, Thomas Endicott, Sr., John Ashworth, Sr., as They Entered into This Fruitful Vall.
  • by Gloria M. Cox.
  • A Genealogical History of the Louis Defoy(e) Fraser Family from Quebec to Redford, New York by Richard Leon Provost.
  • 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.
  • TheHeritage and Legacy of Francis Frazier II (also Fraser), A Blacksmith by Zelda Schwarzkipf.

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Motto



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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Fraser Clan Badge


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Fraser Clan Badge




Fraser Clan Badge
Fraser Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Fraser
Abbernathey, Abbernathie, Abbernathy, Abbernethie, Abbernethy, Abbernetti, Abbernettie, Abbernythe, Abbirnathie, Abbirnethie, Abbirnethy, Abbrenethy, Abburnethe, Abernathie, Abernathy, Abernethie, Abernethy, Aberneti, Abernetie, Abernetti, Abernettie, Abernythe, Abirnathie, Abirnethie, Abirnethy, Abrenethy, Aburnethe, Albirnyth, Aliva, Aliver, Alivier, Alliva, Alliver, Allivier, Anernethie, Annernethie, Apernathie, Apernathy, Apernethie, Apernethy, Apernetti, Apernettie, Apernythe, Apirnathie, Apirnethie, Apirnethy, Appernathie, Appernathy, Appernethie, Appernethy and more.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GANGES 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Ganges.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) INDUS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Indus.htm

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
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The Fraser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fraser 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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