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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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Freeland research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1764 and 1836 are included under the topic Early Freeland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Freeland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • William Freeland settled in Virginia in 1643
  • William Freeland, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1650
  • Robert Freeland, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Isaac Freeland, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Freeland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Freeland, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Thomas Freeland who settled in New Hampshire in 1718

Freeland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wm Freeland, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Tennant Freeland settled in Philadelphia in 1817
  • Mr. Freeland, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • James Freeland, who landed in New York, NY in 1846
  • S Freeland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Freeland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Hartman Freeland U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Nicholas Freeland U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784


  • 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
  • Frank B. Freeland, American politician, Mayor of McAllen, Texas, 1923-29
  • Curtis Freeland, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Sturgis, Michigan; Elected 1919
  • 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
  • Carl Wilford Freeland (1914-1978), American Democrat politician, Chair of Tyler County Democratic Party, 1961-63
  • Benjamin N. Freeland, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 40th District, 1903-06
  • Allen M. Freeland (1872-1964), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Board of Education, 1919-35; Appointed 1919



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

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.


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The Freeland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Freeland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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