Show ContentsFreeland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Freeland came from the baptismal name Freeland. 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. The surname Freeland also originated as the place-name Freeland, a parish in the dioceses of Oxford.

Early Origins of the Freeland family

The surname Freeland was first found in Hampshire 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 Freeland family

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Freeland 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. Freeland has been recorded under many different variations, including Freeland, Freeling, Frieland and others.

Early Notables of the Freeland family (pre 1700)

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Freeland Ranking

In the United States, the name Freeland is the 4,801st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Freeland 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 Freeland or a variant listed above:

Freeland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Freeland, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [2]
  • William Freeland, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • William Freeland, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1650 [2]
  • Robert Freeland, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [2]
  • Isaac Freeland, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [2]
Freeland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Freeland, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Thomas Freeland who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
Freeland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Freeland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Tennant Freeland, who settled in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Mr. Freeland, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [2]
  • James Freeland, who landed in New York, NY in 1846 [2]
  • S Freeland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Freeland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Freeland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Hartman Freeland U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Nicholas Freeland U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Freeland migration to Australia +

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

Freeland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Mary Freeland, (MacFarlane) who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years , transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. Brian Lawson Freeland, English convict who was convicted in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England for 6 years, transported aboard the "Edwin Fox" on 24th August 1858, arriving in Western Australia, Australia

New Zealand Freeland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Freeland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Freeland, (b. 1850), aged 23, Irish joiner from Armagh travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Freeland (post 1700) +

  • Chrystia Freeland (b. 1968), Canadian Global Editor-at-Large of Reuters (2010), Canadian federal politician, Minister of International trade (2015-)
  • Don Freeland (1925-2007), American racecar driver
  • Thornton Freeland (1898-1987), American film director who directed 26 British and American films
  • Ewing Young "Big 'un" Freeland (1887-1953), American football and baseball player and coach
  • Harold Freeland, American politician, Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana, 1939-42 [6]
  • Frank B. Freeland, American politician, Mayor of McAllen, Texas, 1923-29 [6]
  • Curtis Freeland, American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Sturgis, Michigan; Elected 1919 [6]
  • Catherine R. Freeland, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lansing, Michigan, 1946 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Ingham County 1st District, 1948, 1950, 1952 [6]
  • Carl Wilford Freeland (1914-1978), American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Tyler County Democratic Party, 1961-63 [6]
  • Benjamin N. Freeland, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District, 1903-06 [6]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Freeland Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Libera terra liberque animus
Motto Translation: A free land and a free soul.

Suggested Readings for the name Freeland +

  • Freeland History: Being a Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Mary (Pollock) Freeland of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1746-1971 by Harry A. Focht.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook