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Origins Available: Scottish-Alt, Scottish

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

The origins of the Frazier 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 Frazier 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 Frazier 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 Frazier 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 Frazier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Frazier 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:

Frazier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alex Frazier, who landed in Virginia in 1745
  • Simon Frazier, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764
  • Sarah Frazier, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Elizabeth Frazier, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Frazier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Frazier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • John Frazier, who landed in America in 1807
  • Daniel Frazier, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James Frazier, aged 30, arrived in Maryland in 1812
  • I Frazier, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Frazier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Frazier U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Michael Frazier U.E. who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Lewis Frazier U.E., "Frazer, Fraser" (b. 1763) who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1835


  • Nelson Frazier Jr. (1971-2014), American professional wrestler
  • Walter "Clyde" Frazier (b. 1945), American former NBA basketball player
  • Tommie James Frazier Jr. (b. 1974), former American college and professional football player, Orange Bowl Most Valuable Player in 1994 and 1995, Quarterback of the Year in 1995
  • Todd B. Frazier (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball infielder/outfielder
  • Owsley Brown Frazier (1935-2012), American philanthropist who founded the Frazier International History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky
  • LaGaylia Frazier (b. 1961), American-born Swedish singer
  • Kevin Timothy Frazier (b. 1964), American television personality, co-host of television entertainment news magazine The Insider
  • Kenneth Carleton Frazier (1954-1954), American businessman, President and CEO of Merck & Co
  • Kendrick Crosby Frazier (b. 1942), American science writer and longtime editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine
  • Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Frazier (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball outfielder



  • 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.
  • The Heritage and Legacy of Francis Frazier II (also Fraser), A Blacksmith by Zelda Schwarzkipf.
  • Samuel Frazier, a Whig of 1776, one of the Framers of Tennessee's Constitution, 1796, First State Senator from Greene County, Tennessee, 1796-1801, His Wife Rebecca Julian and Their Descendants by Virginia Knight Nelson.

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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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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The Frazier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frazier 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.

This page was last modified on 22 December 2015 at 09:29.

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