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Early Origins of the Freebody family

The surname Freebody was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire seated at East Grinstead.

Early History of the Freebody family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freebody research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1076, 1084, 1135, 1194, 1406, 1437, 1455, 1474, 1480, 1487, 1510, 1562 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Freebody History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freebody Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Freebody were recorded, including Freebody, Frebody, Frebodie, Freboddie, Freeboddie, Freboddy and many more.

Early Notables of the Freebody family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Freebody family of Sussex

United States Freebody migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Freebody family emigrate to North America:

Freebody Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Paule Freebody, who landed in Virginia in 1665 1
Freebody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Freebody, who arrived at Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1822

Australia Freebody migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Freebody Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Clarkson "Simon" Freebody, an English convict who arrived in New South Wales in 1790 aboard the "Surprise"
Freebody Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Freebody, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cornwall" on 28th February 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Freebody (post 1700) +

  • Peter Freebody, British builder and restorers of traditional English river craft

  1. 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)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th March 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook