It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Freebairn was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name Frebern.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Freebairn family
The surname Freebairn was first found in Berwickshire
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 Freebairn family
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Freebairn Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Freebairn include Freebairn, Freeborn, Freebourn, Freebourne, Freeborne, Freeburn, Frebern, Freebern and many more.
Early Notables of the Freebairn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freebairn family to Ireland
Some of the Freebairn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Freebairn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Freebairn were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Freebairn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Freebairn who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
Freebairn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Freebairn, aged 48, a weaver, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
- Walter Freebairn, aged 25, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1854.shtml.
Freebairn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Freebairn, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877
Contemporary Notables of the name Freebairn (post 1700)
- John Freebairn, Australian politician, member of the South Australian House of Assembly (1962-1970)