Frazer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Frazer family

The surname Frazer 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.

Early History of the Frazer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frazer research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1375, 1692, 1332, 1293, 1537, 1623, 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Frazer 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.

Early Notables of the Frazer family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Sir Alexander Fraser (d. 1332), Great Chamberlain of Scotland, the eldest son of Sir Andrew Fraser, who was sheriff of Stirling in 1293. [1] Sir Alexander Fraser (1537?-1623), of Philorth, was founder of Fraserburgh, and was the eldest son of Alexander Fraser, son and heir of Alexander, seventh laird of Philorth. [1] Sir Alexander Fraizer (1610?-1681), was...
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Ireland Migration of the Frazer family to Ireland

Some of the Frazer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Frazer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frazer Settlers in 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 [2]
Frazer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dunkliant Frazer, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [2]
  • John Frazer, who settled in South Carolina in 1716
  • Daniel Frazer, who landed in South Carolina in 1716 [2]
  • Hugh Frazer, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [2]
  • Robert Frazer, with his wife, Mary McLean, and six children, settled in New York in 1739
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Frazer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Frazer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]
  • Duncan Frazer, aged 51, who landed in Ohio in 1812 [2]
  • Francis Frazer, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1813 [2]
  • Jane Frazer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • Joseph Frazer, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
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Canada Frazer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frazer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Frazer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Alexander Frazer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • David Frazer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Francis Frazer U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. James Frazer U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
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Frazer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Frazer, aged 30, who landed in Canada in 1813

Australia Frazer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Frazer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Frazer, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Miss Sophia Frazer, (Frayer, Trayer) who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 20th November 1823, arriving in New South Wales, Australia and Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Alexander Frazer, a painter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Miss Ann Frazer, (Fraser), (b. 1808), aged 18, Irish needle woman who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for house robbery, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • James Frazer, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
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New Zealand Frazer 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:

Frazer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Duncan Frazer, aged 40, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Margaret Frazer, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • John Frazer, aged 17, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Catherine Frazer, aged 16, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Isabella Frazer, aged 15, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Frazer (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Thomas "Dan" Frazer (1921-2011), American actor, best known for his role as Captain Frank McNeil in the 1970s TV police drama Kojak
  • John Wesley Frazer (1827-1906), American soldier, planter, and businessman
  • Zachary David Frazer (b. 1988), American football quarterback
  • Persifor Frazer (1736-1792), American farmer, soldier, and industrialist
  • Paula Frazer (b. 1963), American singer-songwriter
  • Donald P. Frazer, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1949; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1952 [8]
  • Donald A. Frazer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Salem, 1920 [8]
  • D. R. Frazer (b. 1921), American Democrat politician, Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II [8]
  • Bart Frazer (b. 1967), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2004 [8]
  • Arthur H. Frazer, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cromwell; elected 1918; first selectman of Cromwell, Connecticut, 1920 [8]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Frazer 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Frazer +

  • 3873 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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