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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.

Freebairn Early Origins



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.

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Freebairn Spelling Variations


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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.

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Freebairn Early History


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Freebairn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freebairn research. Another 245 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, and 1190 are included under the topic Early Freebairn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Freebairn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Freebairn Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Freebairn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Freebairn In Ireland


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Freebairn In 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.

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The Great Migration



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, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Walter Freebairn, aged 25, a mason, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Freebairn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Freebairn, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

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Contemporary Notables of the name Freebairn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Freebairn (post 1700)



  • John Freebairn, Australian politician, member of the South Australian House of Assembly (1962-1970)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Freebairn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freebairn 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 4 November 2014 at 17:27.

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