Frazier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Frazier family

The surname Frazier 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 Frazier family

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

Frazier 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 Frazier 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 Frazier family to Ireland

Some of the Frazier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Frazier migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Simon Frazier, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [2]
  • Sarah Frazier, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Elizabeth Frazier, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
Frazier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Frazier, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [2]
  • John Frazier, who landed in America in 1807 [2]
  • Daniel Frazier, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [2]
  • James Frazier, aged 30, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • I Frazier, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Frazier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frazier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Frazier, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. John Frazier U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Michael Frazier U.E. who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Lewis Frazier U.E., "Frazer, Fraser" (b. 1763) who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1835 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Frazier (post 1700) +

  • Edward Franklin Frazier (1894-1962), American best known for his book The Negro Family in the United States, awarded the 1940 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was the first work on blacks researched and written by a black person
  • 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
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Glen Frazier, American Chief Gunner's Mate working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [4]

The Frazier 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 Frazier +

  • 282 Descendants of George Frazier (also Fraser), Joseph Journey, Patrick Calvert, Thomas Endicott, Sr., John Ashworth, Sr., as They Entered into This Fruitful Valley 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.

  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. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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