Show ContentsFreeborn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Freeborn is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is 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 Freeborn family

The surname Freeborn 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 Freeborn family

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Freeborn Spelling Variations

Freeborn 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 Freeborn have been found, including Freebairn, Freeborn, Freebourn, Freebourne, Freeborne, Freeburn, Frebern, Freebern and many more.

Early Notables of the Freeborn family (pre 1700)

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Freeborn Ranking

In the United States, the name Freeborn is the 13,289th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Freeborn family to Ireland

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

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 Freeborns to arrive on North American shores:

Freeborn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah and William Freeborn, who settled in New England in 1634
  • William Freeborn, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636 [2]
Freeborn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Freeborn, who arrived in New York State with wife and family in 1811
  • Thomas Freeborn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Mr. Freeborn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • W Freeborn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Canada Freeborn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Freeborn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Freeborn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Contemporary Notables of the name Freeborn (post 1700) +

  • Stanley Barron Freeborn (1891-1960), American served as the first Chancellor of University of California, Davis
  • William Freeborn (1594-1670), one of the founding settlers of Portsmouth on Aquidneck Island (Rhode Island)
  • William Freeborn (1816-1817), American pioneer in Minnesota, Montana, and California
  • Theodore Freeborn, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 10th District, 1961 [3]
  • James F. Freeborn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1856 [3]
  • James Freeborn, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [3]
  • Mrs. Harry Freeborn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1944 [3]
  • Scott Freeborn (b. 1978), former Australian rules footballer
  • Stuart Freeborn (b. 1914), British motion picture make-up artist
  • Wing Commander John Connell Freeborn (1919-2010), DFC was a British World War II RAF pilot
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frederick C Freeborn (b. 1901), English Warrant Supply Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Streatham, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [4]

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  4. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook