Freeburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Freeburn begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It 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 Freeburn family

The surname Freeburn 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 Freeburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freeburn research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1150, and 1190 are included under the topic Early Freeburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Freeburn Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Freeburn has been recorded under many different variations, including Freebairn, Freeborn, Freebourn, Freebourne, Freeborne, Freeburn, Frebern, Freebern and many more.

Early Notables of the Freeburn family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Freeburn family to Ireland

Some of the Freeburn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Freeburn migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Freeburn or a variant listed above:

Freeburn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Freeburn, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • Noble Freeburn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1829

Australia Freeburn migration to Australia +

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

Freeburn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Freeburn, aged 48, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [2]
  • Thomas Freeburn, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [2]
  • Gavin Freeburn, aged 10, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [2]
  • William Freeburn, aged 7, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [2]
  • Andrew Freeburn, aged 5, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Macedon" in 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Freeburn (post 1700) +

  • Jana Freeburn, born Jana Babková, a Czechoslovak-born, American silver medalist slalom canoer at the 1993 World Championships
  • James Freeburn (1808-1876), Scottish engineer, inventor and industrial designer from the parish of St. Cuthbert's, Midlothian; he invented an elaborate series of metal and wood fuzes for exploding live shells, both on 'concussion' and by 'time.' [3]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The MACEDON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Macedon.htm
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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