The ancestors of the Freane family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Freane was a name given to a person who was considered to be very good-natured and neighborly. The surname is derived from the Old English word frend
which meant friend.
During the Middle Ages people would use this word when they referred to their relatives or their kinsmen.
Early Origins of the Freane family
The surname Freane was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Freane family
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Freane Spelling Variations
Freane has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Freane have been found, including Friend, Freind, Frend and others.
Early Notables of the Freane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freane family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Freanes to arrive on North American shores: John Friend who settled in New England
in 1640; Rowland and Susannah Friend settled in New England
in 1733; Charles, George, Henry, Jacob, Martin, Norman and William Friend all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..