Freeburg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the Freeburg name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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 Freeburg family
The surname Freeburg 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 Freeburg family
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Freeburg Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Freeburg family name include Freebairn, Freeborn, Freebourn, Freebourne, Freeborne, Freeburn, Frebern, Freebern and many more.
Early Notables of the Freeburg family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Freeburg family to Ireland
Some of the Freeburg family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Freeburg family
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Freeburg surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Freebairn who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812; Sarah and William Freeborn settled in New England in 1634; Thomas Freeborn arrived in New York State with wife and family in 1811.
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- Rosanne Freeburg, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1992